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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 

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1942 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



Ninety-Sixth Session 

HELD WITH 

COOPERS GAP CHURCH 

October 1-2, 

1936 



Next Session to be held with 

MONTPORD COVE CHURCH 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 1937 



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Associational Directory 

R. E. Price, Moderator OFFICERS _ 

G. G. O'Neil, Vice-Moderator" Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk- Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. Nanney, Treasurer -Rutherfordton, N. C. 

V«« Chimney Rock, N. C. 

Ph9rloo „ ^ , ASSOCIATIONAL B. Y. P. U. 

Charles B. Trammel, President - l-____Columbus, N. C 

Mrs G C rvAMi t> A f S ? CIATI <>NAL W. M. U. 

Mrs. G. G. ° ^11 President Rutherfordton, N. C. 

R. E. Price, ciS TI ° NAL E ™CUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Arthur Cantrel Pharri* Raiiro ~t~7T~™~^ — ;~7~^~T Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. E. Hall N T MiUs b' r ' SJS?"^? 1 ' ^° l0 T n Clemen ^. J- A. Vess, 
H Brown r a n«n u «' ? ensle y> Frank Jackson, John Long- M 

Ruppe, W. G. Green, £i^^%\ V lSS^£ F^eT ^ W ' 
E. B. Jenkins, J. M. Br™^™ CON ™™N 
Alternates: W. E. Sweatt, C. C. Crow 
C. C. CROW INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1937 

Alternate: J. M. BROWN 

RFTttawt « .. MESSENGERS 

Kevfi Tn i S ^o h ' J ° hn Cul ^eth, James Page. 
ffiS^.* W J. Wilson, Mrs. John Ogle. 

COOPERS GAP~T T ? l° n ' F l iDn SearCy ' W ' M - FJ y nn - 

Guinn P ~ J ' L ' JaCkS ° n ' Mack McGuinn, J. W. y Biddy, Sidney Mc 

CANE CREEK— A. I. Ruff, J. A . Vess 

ffick° s R gempmu~ A - J - Wllkerson ' Leland.Haynes, Worth Burgess, 

PLEASANT GROVE— Berry Williams Mrs WrTvn.h 
PLEaIaN 1 ? Sf L °L VE T (P T ^-?- " ^hter W W a G^ene. 

Tayl?r GE_LUther Phi " ipS ' J ' T ' Carawe11 ' R«th Shelfan, Addle Mae 
SILVER CREEK— E. A. Arledee Jeter Bradlev 
Sney ROCK' M SC °rt M -o r e Lo^lTee, Pau. Ruppe. 

^SkTpV?' *£\ W > r l *£• S J - R - Holland. 
iikrk™ T^™ A - P - Rucker . Robert Lewis, Paul Allen 

S CaTpe^e? N_W - W ' G °° de ' Elliotti Westmoreland, R. Edwards, D. 
S P r! G M W „ H , L * tter ' M - H - Whiteside. 
^CMe^-vTvia'nG^eT 011 ' Ha " T BUChana "' G ^ Th ° mSOn ' M ^ 

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GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



COMMITTEES 

FINANCE 

Guilford Nanney, Chairman 
J. A. Vess C. T. Shytle Mrs. W. C. Lynch J. B. Flynn 

PLACE AND PREACHER 

Rev. A. P. Sorrels, Chairman 
Zolon Clements N. T. Mills Worth Burgess E. Westmoreland 

RESOLUTIONS 

Rev. C. C. Nanney, Chairman 

A. F. Geer J. W. Biddy Rev. C. C. Crow Rev. H. J. Almond 

TO NAME PROMOTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Rev. A. P. Sorrels, Chairman 
Rev. R. L. Crawford M. H. Whiteside 

PRODUCE FOR MILLS HOME THANKSGIVING AND ALEXANDER 

HOME CHRISTMAS 

C. W. Keeter, Chairman 
Rev. G. G. O'Neil Rev. R. L. Crawford 

ALDA GRAYSON CAR 

Rev. E. B. Jenkins, Chairman 
T. T. Frady Rev. Dewey Hodge Rev. J. M. Brown Rev. N. L. Hampton. 

PROGRAM FOR NEXT SESSION 

Rev. G. G. O'Neil, Chairman 
Prof. W. E. Sweatt Rev. C. C. Crow 

PREACHERS AND PASTORATES 

H. J. Almond Mill Springs, N. C. 

Joe Sinclair Forest City, N. C. 

R. L. Crawford Forest City, N. C. 

R. G. Melton Forest City, N. C. 

C. T. Plybon__ .__ ; __. - ____Forest City, N. C. 

C. C. Crow ___: Forest City, N. C. 

E. P. White ._ Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. A. Brock . „ . —Forest City, N. C. 

O. R. Flack __'_ Bostic, N. C. 

T. M. Hester Spindale, N. C. 

L: B. Harris : ] Mooresboro, N. C» 

B. M. Strickland _ Chesnee, S. C. 

T. M. Cogburn : Canton, N. C. 

Paul Reese Marion, N. C. 

J. M. Brown Li Nealsville, N. C. 

C. B. Trammel :__: Columbus, N. C. 

J. W. O'Hara Candler, N. C. 

David Huntley . . __Fairview, N. C. 

E. B. Jenkins . Rutherfordton, N. C. 

W. C. Lynch _ Rutherfordton, N. C. 

D. W. Hodge -Rutherfordton, N. C. 

PREACHERS WHO DO NOT HAVE PASTORATES 

R. C. Champion W. B. Craig R. M. Womick J. L. Hodge 

N. L. Hampton Harry Bean W. L. Haynes E. B. Dillard 

L. D. Allen C. G. Walker A. P. Sorrels G. G. O'Neil 

W. P. Jackson W. G. Green 




GREEN RIVER BAPTIST AS SOCIATION 
CONSTITUTION 



Associate Jncf J^^^ £ fe VV^ RiVer ^ist 
Vol C T Uti ° nS ^ " ^ ^ ^^e^oeSt^ ° f 
churches compo^x^nhr^df^nd 6 J™^" 1 ° f dele * ates elected by the 
membership in" ^c^^^^ ^^ S St f s . who holcTth^ 
serving churches in the Association as n a Ir /'/^ ° f minister s who are 
es outside the bounds of the A ZH ' ^ d are me ^bers of church- 
posits with the clerk /tteA^SSKS^, ^ S aid minister de- 
membership certification to the same FW? 5 °L erk Where he hold s his 

n^°V ha11 be allowed two ejected debates All "T 1 ^ the Ass °- 
more than one hundred members shall hl.u^' ^ churches numbering 
for each one hundred additional mem h£t ^ owed an / additional delegate 

nTs n °T ChUrCh ShaH *™™™^ fiveTeregates Cti ° n tlWWOf ' ^ 

and Support wLS"?^ Mte^t^Id^ v tiM1 8haU be t0 enco ^age 
the ministry and approved by the churrhpt t/ T- g J^ Called of God to 
courage education a P mong thfpeopie iTthe ^tZY* 1 the >\ beIon S; to en- 
the destitute portion of the State and of thf 2 Vv!° su ,?P ort th ^ Gospel in 
to send the Gospel to thTnatfons th*t w« S f outl l ern Baptist Convention; 
tribution and study of the 6^^-, * r° t; to , e ncourage the disl 
Baptist churches in the erection of hon ^/ eIlgl °l! S literature; to assist 
proper care of indigent orphan childZ n nH^ w ° rShip; to enc ™rage the 
of the Gospel; to encourage the SSzat^ *^ tltUte an . d agred ministers 
day schools; and to co-opellte wi?h^tTe Baoti^t^?^ ° f . Baptist Sun " 
departments of labor. baptist State Convention in all its 

bath N ta October. AsSOCiation sha " meet on Thursday before the first Sab- 

Moderator, cTerk 1S£ Treasurer tho 1?£n\ *? . be a Moderator, Vice- 
and continue in office uMlfthSr' successors a're e^cted * *" Association 

membe°rs 6 of TL G bTdyTh^retf iLVenf^^ f ^ Cha * * Callin * -me 
Parliamentary Practice Ce ° rder m accordance with Mell's 

ence^nd^ubU^^ ^^t^S^SS^ 9 *" *» 

es or N md^L T r o X/ by the church- 

ors for the same, and forward all contobiSon^ ?A r f ? Ceiptm S the contribut- 
and make a full report of all recemts and 5?J? 6ir P roper destination, 
tion at its annual session, ana on reUrW f^^?* to the Ass ° cia: 
successor all moneys, papers, and books longing * thefete ^ ^ t0 Ws 

^^^^&^^^^ a ^^ ^^^^ at each session a 
of the Association, all paster? of rVww 7 Sc , hools > Moderator and Clerk 
each church consisting of who shall havf rW ° ne * lected dele ^ ate ^om 
and objects fostered by the Assocfalion and tbfu ° f the Various interests 
to give liberally thereto, and shall make » f,,u ^ en . coura &e the churches 
mg such suggestions re ative therete as ft ^J^\° f its work - inc1 ^- 
Association at its annual session may thmk advi sable to the 



MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 
Ninety-Sixth Session 

HELD WITH 

COOPERS GAP CHURCH 
October 1-2, 

1936 

Morning Session 

10:15 A. M. — Meeting was called toorder by R. E. Price, 
Moderator.. Hymn, "Am I A Soldier Of The Cross" was sung, 
led by C. W. Keeter. Prayer was led by Rev. O. R. Flack. 
Hymn, "He Leadeth Me" was sung. 

Bro. C. C. Nanney led the devotional services, used Exedus 
34:1 to 6. Prayer was led by Rev. E. B. Jenkins. 

Roll was called and all churches except two answered pres- 
ent. Letters were turned in for every church except one and it 
was accounted for. Program for the session was read and ap- 
proved with necessary changes made as approved by the Asso- 
ciation.. 

1. Report of Foreign Missions submitted by J. A. Brock, 
was read by C. W. Keeter, clerk and spoken on by W. B. Jen- 
kins, A. P. Sorrels and M. A. Adams. Adopted. 

Visitors recognized: W. B. Jenkins and C. L. Taylor of 
Sandy Run Association; M. A. Adams, of Blue Ridge Associa- 
tion. New pastors in our Association: Rev. C. C. Crow, T. M. 
Cogburn, C. T. Plybon. Hymn, "Jesus Saves," was sung. 

11 O'clock, sermon by Rev. G. G. O'Neil. Used Scripture 
John 19:28 to 37. Prayer was led by T. M. Hester, after which 
Bro. G. G. O'Neil brought us a wonderful message which stirred 
our souls. 

Committees were named, after which we were dismissed 
with prayer by C. C. Nanney to return at 1 P. M. 

Afternoon Session 

1:00 P. M. — Returned to church, sang hymn,. "I Am Thine 
O Lord." Prayer led by C. C. Crow. Devotional was in charge 
of Rev. Joe Sinclair, he used Scripture 2nd Timothy 3:4. 

Report on Temperance by Rev. M. A. Adams, who brought 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



us an enlightening message on Temperance. An offering was 
taken for support of the dry cause, $17.26 was raised. No writ- 
ten report for the minutes. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

The Bible is a Missionary book, because God believes in Missions. God 

said to Abraham, "That in blessing I will bless thee And in thy 

seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 22: 17-18) In 
first Tim. 2:4, we read: God, "Who would have ALL MEN to be saved, 
and to come to the knowledge of the truth." John 3:16— God so loved the 
world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in 
Him should notperish, but have everlatsing life. God loves all men, every- 
where. He gives to all men sunshine, breath, food and clothing. Yes, 
God is interested in each one of His creatures that live on the whole 
earth. If we are right in our hearts, then we will be interested in all 
men. If God is our Father, and Jesus is our brother and Saviour, then 
like Him we will want to be about our Father's business. In John 20:21 
Jesus said unto His disciples: "As my Father hath sent me, even so send 
I you." "Go yet into all the world," is the Master's command. We need a 
Spirit filled ministry who will not be afraid to preach the whole truth of 
God to our churches. If the preacher will lead his people and preach the 
truth of God, they will follow him in the giving of money to support the 
great Foreign Mission work. 

Baptists have a great program. They have a great privilege and a 
great joy, to work together in and through the Cooperative Program. 
Fifty per cent of the money of the Cooperative funds are used in Foreign 
Missions. This money is used in the following places: China, Japan, 
Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Nigeria, Africa, Spain, Jugo-Slavio, Italy, 
Hungary, Roumania, and Palestine-Syria. Surely it will bring joy to 
any child of God to feel that on each Sunday morning as he places a dol- 
lar into the collection place and breathes a little prayer, that he is hav- 
ing a part in the work of his Lord with his brethren in these far away 
countries. 

We would urge all of our churches to adopt a church budget. Adopt 
the Bible system and plan of giving. It is a sin in the sight of God, and 
against our Lord, and our brethren, if we allow ourselves to just drift 
along and do nothing for the salvation of the lost world. We believe that 
a church which says that we are Missionary Baptist, and does not give 
anything to the Cooperative Program, and will not cooperate with the de- 
nomination — is just acting a hypocrit and ought to be turned out of the 
Association. 

J. A. BROCK, for the Committee 

2. Report on Mills Home by T. M. Hester, spoken on by T. 
M. He&ier, also R. D. Covingston, who was representing the 
Mills Home. 

REPORT ON MILLS HOME 

For over a half century North Carolina Baptists have supported an 
orphanage at Thomasville. This is a demonstration of the fact that we 
show oui religion in the care of fatherless children. 

The following are some of the facts of our orphanage at Mills Home: 
There are at Thomasville 475 children and at Kennedy Home Branch, 
13G, and 189 children in the Mother's Aid. Several hundred applications 
had to be turned down this past year owing to the lack of room. It costs 
30c a day for food and 10c a meal. The clothing costs $2.21 a month per 
child. At each meal it takes 50 gallons of milk. A whole beef is needed 



6 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

for one day if all the children have some. From 5 to 6 gallons of syrup 
is needed for each meal. A dozen gallons of canned food is consumed at 
each meal. It takes 230 pounds of potatoes for each meal. A thousand 
pairs of shoes are needed each year to shod the children. Cost per child 
per month for the 611 children at Thomasville and Kennedy Home in 1935 
was $19.02 for everything — food, clothing, education, administration. The 
children spend a half day in school and half day at work. 2,000 Sheet? 
in use at all times. 

We, your committee recommend the following: (1) The once a 
month offering in each Sunday School of the Association. (2) We advo- 
cate a Thanksgiving offering of food, vegetables, clothing and money from 
every church in the Association. 

Signed for Committee, T. M. HESTER 

3. Report on Home Missions by C. T. Plybon, spoken on 
by C. T. Plybon. Adopted. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

Some startling facts about our Home Mission work: Roger Babson 
tells us that sixty per cent of our people never attend any church. Catho- 
lic and Protestant. This means that 26,400.000 out of the 44,000,000 peo- 
ple living in the territory of the Southern Baptist Convention are wholly 
unchurched. In Cuba there are 2,500,000 and in Panama 100,000 unchurch- 
ed so far as Baptists are concerned. This gives a total of 29,000,000 in 
Home Mission fields who are not being reached now by our churches. If 
they are reached at all it will be by missionaries sent to them, says Mr. 
Babson. The Home Mission Board has 283 missionaries and workers, but 
some of these are working in the hospital at El Paco, Texas, some are 
teachers in our schools, and some are in the office at Atlanta. All are 
doing necessary work, but not all are preaching missionaries. 

The following facts should constitute a terrific appeal to our people: 
We have one missionary to every 500,000 Jews; eleven missionaries to 
650,000 French-speaking Americans; seven missionaries to 300,000 Span- 
ish-speaking Americans; eight missionaries to 600,000 Italians; two mis- 
sionaries to 7,000 Chinese; six missionaries to 2,800,000 Europeans; forty- 
four missionaries to 800,000 Mexicans; seventy-one missionaries to 2,500,- 
000 Cubans; eighteen missionaries to 10,000,000 negroes. Taking in the 
entire unchurched group in Home Mission fields, we have one missionary 
for every 175.000 people. Is not this a staggering thought? What will 
we do about it? 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES T. PLYBON 

4. Report on State Missions by C. C. Crow, spoken on by 
C. C. Crow, also A. P. Sorrels. Adopted. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 
The spirit and motive of Missions, Foreign, Home and State, are identi- 
cal. It is difficult to understand why one should profess to believe in one 
and not in the other. The objectives, however, are slightly different. 
Within the State a distinction is made between Missions, Christian Educa- 
tion, and Benevolence — including the Orphanage and the Hospital, — where- 
as Foreign Missions, and with some limitations Home Missions, includes 
all of these objects. 

1. Missionary Pastoral Assistance. "To the poor the Gospel is 
preached" in needy and strategic places. Many of our strong churches in 
the state are trophies of State Missions. At present about 160 churches 
are aided. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



2. Student Work. Churches in educational centers are aided in ord- 
er that they may properly minister to students away from home and the 
home church. 

3. Sunday School and a Baptist Training Union Department are 
maintained. Through these agencies the church membership is taught 
and stimulated to the end that the church member may devote not only a 
life but a trained life. 

4. Church Building. At the present time in the face of a serious 
shortage of funds, several churches, some of them in educational centers, 
are being aided in paying for adequate church plants. 

5. Oteen Hospital. For some years past the Board has made it 
possible for Rev. Wayne Williams to minister to the sick veterans in the 
Government Hospital at Oteen. 

6. Indians. The State Mission Board is responsible for giving the 
Gospel to the Indians in Robeson county. Rev. and Mrs. M. C. Lunsford 
have been working there for several years. 

7. Negroes. Beginning with 1935 the Baptist State Convention un- 
dertook some cooperative work with the Negro State Convention. After 
careful search a man was found in the person of Rev. W. C. Somverville 
who undertook the task of arousing and enlisting the quarter of a million 
Negro Baptists in the state. The Convention is continuing this work, and 
the success which Brother Somerville is achieving brings real gladness to 
the hearts of all those who believe we ought to cooperate in every way 
possible with our Negro brethren. 

8. General Missionaries. There are two, M. O. Alexander and J. C. 
Pipes. Mr. Pipes spends his full time in the western area of the state. 
These men spend their time in holding revivals, visiting general meetings, 
helping churches to get together in fields, etc. Another man could be 
used in this work to great advantage. The state is too large to be cover- 
ed by only two men. 

We recommend the support of the Cooperative Program from which 
the State Mission Board is supported and also the observice of State Mis- 
sion Day in October. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. C. CROW 

5. Report on Sunday Schools by C. B. Trammel, was read 
by the Clerk. C. B. Trammel being absent, was adopted with- 
out discussion. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

The Sunday schools in the Green River Association continue to hold 
their place near the foot of the class in North Carolina Sunday school 
work. It is said, that we do the poorest work of any Association in the 
state with one exception. Are we satisfied that this shall continue to be 
true ? 

However, there was some work done in the past year. The monthly 
meetings were held with a fair attendance from the churches. These 
meetings have been helpful and inspirational. The Rev. W. C. Lynch has 
been faithful in the promotion of the monthly meetings. 

There was one Daily Vacation Bible School held in the Association. 
This school which was in the Columbus church was successful in every 
way. Next year, Mr. Morgan, our Sunday School Secretary, has asked 
this Association to try to hold at least ten Daily Vacation Bible Schools. 

We suggest to this body that in our churches a special effort be made 
to have a Sunday school as large as the membership of our churches. 



8 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

That we make a monthly offering to the Mills Home, that we improve our 
equipment for the work, that we study at least one of the Study Course 
books offered by the Sunday School Board, and that next summer we have 
a Daily Vacation Bible School in every church in the Association. 

CHARLES B. TRAMMEL 

Relief and Annuity was spoken on by T. M. Cogburn, also 
3. M. Brown. No written report for the minutes. 

4:00 P. M. — After announcements the meeting adjourned to 
meet at 9 A. M. Friday, October 2. 

Morning Session 

Meeting was called to order by R. E. Price, Moderator. 
Hymn, "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less," also "Take Time 
-To Be Holy," was sung. Brother Dewey Hodge, having charge 
of the devotional used Scripture 1st Cor. 13th chapter and pray- 
er was led by R. L*. Crawford. 

6. Report on Religious Literature by A. P. Sorrels, and 
spoken on by A. P. Sorrels. Adopted. 

REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

-We North Carolina people have grown to be a great people, great in 
-numbers (We are counting too many names) great in liberality (yet about 
one-half give nothing). Sometimes the writer thinks we are waning in 
spirituality, there is some danger of us depending on our personal develop- 
ment and failing to follow the spirit. One of the agencies that has made 
us what we are as a people is our Baptist literature, all our periodicals 
are good. We name Charity and Children, Home and Foreign Fields and 
recommend them to our people, but our outstanding periodical for the de- 
velopment of our people in all the departments of Christian activities is 
the Biblical Recorder. It has done, is doing, and we think will continue 
to do an ever increasing work among the Baptists of North Carolina. In 
doctrine it points plainly and safely to the Scripture with its many de- 
partments, viz: Sunday School, W. M. U. Work, B. Y. P. U. Work, edi- 
torial page, its correspondence, the current news, financial tables, etc., is 
well filled with the things the Baptists of North Carolina ought to know, 
and do, in order that the kingdom of God become and His will be done 
here among the people of North Carolina. We urge our churches to avail 
themselves of the club rates offered by the general manager. Also put 
the Recorder in your budget and send the paper to your poor members, 
appoint a rligious literature day in your churches, and have as many of 
your own members as possible to take part in the program for the day, 
use your Bihle as a standard by which all things are tested, let the Holy 
Spirit interpret in all your reading matter. Know the law, be saved by 
Grace through faith and grow in grace and knowledge. May the Baptists 
of North Carolina go on from grace to grace winning the people in great- 
er numbers to Christ and building them up in Christ. Let us hold fast to 
the things Jesus taught, putting on the whole armor of God shielding our- 
selves from the darts of the wicked one, and using all the weapons that 
Jesus through the wholly spirit puts in our reach: 

A. P. SORRELS 

7. Report on Christian Education by J. W. O'Hara, spoken 
on by J. W. O'Hara and G. G. O'Neil. Adopted. Hymn, "Amaz- 
ing Grace" was sung, led by Rector Robbins. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Christian Education is that form of instruction which seeks to train 
and develop head, hand and heart, or mentally, physically, and spiritually. 
The instruction in the first two should be equal to that of the State. The 
last, spiritually, should be of highest order. Into that realm the State 
cannot enter. In this the Christian school differs from the state school. 

It is not enough to teach the Bible in a Christian school. The teach- 
ers should be Christian, active in Christian service, free from worldliness, 
and ready for any religious duty. The atmosphere of the institution 
should be such that it is easy for pupils to live right, and difficult for 
them to go wrong. No session should close with any unconverted pupils. 
All should be led to Christ. Any standard short of this will mark failure 
to that degree. The Christian school must be different and better than 
the State School, or forfeit its right to appeal to Baptists for support. 

We have seven colleges: Wake Forest, Meredith, Chowan, Mars Hill, 
Campbell, Boiling Springs and Wingate. The two latter are not in the 
State Baptist Educational system, but are thoroughly Baptistic. Nearly 
3000 young people received instruction in these institutions. Our schools 
are rapidly paying their debts, and coming to self suppore. 

We regret to report the suspension of Fruitland Institute. Thus dis- 
appears the last of our academies. They have made a great contribution 
to Christian education. Alexander Schools, Inc., has its separate report, 
but we wish to testify to its high Christian standards, and deep spiritual 
atmosphere. 

We emphastically protest against the spirit of worldliness manifest at 
Wake Forest College, and in any other schools where they may be such 
tendency. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. W. O'HARA, Chairman 

8. Report on Hospitals by W. E. Sweatt, spoken on by W. 
E. Sweatt. R. L. Crawford who called on Bro. Stepp, who had 
spent some time in the hospital for treatment and gave some of 
his experience while there and had only praise for the work done 
there. 

REPORT ON HOSPITALS 

The North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., located at Winston-Salem, 
North Carolina, is owned and controlled by the Baptist Denomination and 
hence, it is state-wide in its service. 

Since the hospital was opened in 1923, a little more than 33,000 pat- 
ients have entered for treatment. We shall have this year about 4,000 
patients; of this number, almost one-half will be part-pay and free pat- 
ients. We had a little more than 14,000 free days last year. This year, 
as we are now running, we shall have a little more than that number. 
We shall have at the present rate 19,932 part-pay and free days, or 1,458 
free and part-pay patients. This, with our present capacity, cannot be 
increased as we are running as full as possible. 

We received from the Duke Endowment last year a little more than 
$14,000.00. Apart from this, we are dependent upon the churches and 
Sunday schools, through their Mother's Day offerings, for the hospitaliza- 
tion of this vast number of free and part-pay patients. It costs $3.87 per 
day for a patient in the hospital. 

The different organizations of our women are rendering an exceedingly 
valuable service for the hospital by furnishing linen, such as sheets, pillow 



10 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

cases, tray covers, towels, etc. These are always needed and gratefully 
received. We will gladly furnish a list, giving the specifications of the 
linen used in the hospital. 

We might add that we have a fine staff of sixty-six doctors and sur- 
geons; also, a school in which nurses are trained with the Christian idea 
of service. 

W. E. SWEATT 

9. Rport on Cooperative Program by J. J. Tarlton. After 
singing hymn, "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone," Bro. M. A. 
Huggins, General Secretary, gave us a most interesting message 
on the general program, and urged cooperation among all the 
churches and Associations. 

REPORT ON COOPERATIVE PROGRAM 

During his earthly ministry Jesus made known a definite program for 
carrying out His ideals. That program included preaching, teaching, heal- 
ing and ministering to. the needy. In an effort to carry forward that pro- 
gram, the Baptists of North Carolina have established the Cooperative 
Program. It is intended as a plan for most effectively distributing the 
undesignated funds that come into the Convention. It divides these funds 
among six different ' agencies : Foreign, Home and State Missions, Chris- 
tian Education, Hospitals and Ministerial Relief. 

The Missionary program fits well the admonition of Jesus as to the 
fields of Missionary activity. "Begin at Jerusalem," said the Master, and 
so do we begin at home. And truly are the fields white unto the harvest 
in our own State. State Missions, therefore, receive part of the funds of 
the Cooperative Program. From Jerusalem the work was to spread into 
Samaria! Likewise, the Home Mission oBard, receiving aid through the 
Cooperative Program, spreads its work throughout surrounding states. 
"And to the uttermost parts of the earth," concluded the Master planner 
and thus with funds from the same program, our Foreign Mission Board 
is able to pay the expenses of those carrying the good tidings to remote 
regions. 

In an effort to "heal the sick" as was the command of the Great Phy- 
sician, our hospitals are working wonders toward restoring health to the 
broken in body. . ,.,. 

Our church needs more well trained and thoroughly equipped minis- 
ters. It is only in this way that we can continue to grow and enlarge our 
usefulness. Under the Cooperative Program funds are made available for 
deserving young ministers in their efforts to properly fit themselves for 
their high calling. kj 

Ministers who have grown old in the service of the church are pro- 
vided meagre funds from this same source to furnish the necessities of 
life in their declining days. 

This is a worthy program. Limited funds limit its usefulness. To 
more nearly evangelize the world, to more fully meet the needs of the sick, 
and to care both for the preparation and the declining days of our minis- 
ters, we must continue and enlarge this program. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. J. TARLTON 



GREEN RI VER BAPTIST AssoclATION 



12:15— Adjourned for dinner. 



1-15 P M— w Mnernoon Session 

10. Report on B Y p tt xht i , 
on by George Gibbs. Adopted W ° rk by Geor ^ e Gi ^s, spoken 

The B. Y P tt ha RE P° RT ON B. Y. P . p. 

ashamed ri<rhrlv P £?^? d unto God > a workman tw 6Se words: "Study 
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^ThrBYp »<>" the proper pkJe' tl'carry^ t£s 

twenty-seven B. y p tt °" r youn & f °"<s? Whv^L have fait h 

twenty-seven Sun^s^™" 01 * ta our ffil^T £* &£ 

du?mg a the e com^ S^i?., ' <^ ™ »^ Ve^? Sf?^^^ mee '" 
orgam.ation for^h^n ff &1 JK^"?^ a^Y*^ 

Respectfully submitted 

^Ao b S^ something 

opted. RePOrt ° n Hlst °ry and Obitary by J. M . Brown. Ad- 

COOPE^^?i A ?' S REPORT 

The object of tSsn APTIST CHtJBCH 

o* Coope r .s J 4 t p°ch t u^h PaPer » t0 #™ * *w brief sketches of the history 

October j i8 6 o w^ 61 * Ass °ciation convened at Ln - ^ 
clerk. Delegates tot?" a 8 '^ Was P asto ^ o "the churS ?£X \ Gap church 
eph DlmadaS * v£ i e Associ ation, Lewis Cowar? S? and i ames Br °wn 
Mission?^. T ° tal —bership of the "ogSS* ' l^onS^T 



12 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST TSSOCIATION 

Cooper's Gap church entertained the Association the third time Oct- 
ober 5, 1866. W. H. Logan was pastor of the church and James Brown 
was church clerk. Delegates to the Association, James Brown, I. M. 
Frady, John Cowart, Lewis Cowart, Jacob Jackson. The church had in- 
creased in membership to 220. Contributions 65 cents in specie, 85 cents 
in currency. 

The Association met with Cooper's Gap the 4th time September 29, 
1887. W. H. Logan was pastor of the church and Moderator of the Asso- 
ciation. A. B. F. Mills was clerk of the church. Delegates to the Asso- 
ciation, Allen Laughter, W. E. Mills, Jacob Jackson, H. K. Corn, A. B. F. 
Mills. H. K. Corn was Supt. of the Sunday school. Total membership of 
the church 244; Sunday school enrollment 56. Contribution to Missions, 
$10.64. 

October 4, 1906 Cooper's Gap entertained the Association the 5th 
time. B. M. Hamrick was pastor of the church; church clerk, J. R. Blan- 
ton. Roy Gibbs, H. K. Corn, J. L. Jackson and William Dimsdale were 
the delegates to the Association. T. N. Wilson was Supt. of the Sunday 
school. Church membership 118; Sunday school enrollment 75. Contribu- 
tion to Missions, $10.80 by the church, $8.50 by the Ladies' Mission Soc- 
iety. Mrs. M. A. Gibbs was president of the Ladies' Mission Society. 

' In 40 years Cooper's Gap church increased in membership from 33 to 
278. Big Level church was organized in 1881, and Cooper's Gap contri- 
buted over 50 members to Big Level. This reduced the membership con- 
siderably, but in 1888 the membership had increased to 257. Cane Creek 
church was organized in 1896, and Cooper's Gap contributed over 100 
members to Cane Creek. Again the membership was reduced, but the 
church has gradually grown numerically, financially, and spiritually. 

The following are some of the officers who have served the church the 
last 94 years: 

Pastors: H. W. Patterson, T. B. Justice, Bailey Bruce, J. H. Yarboro, 
and A. J. Cansler are some of the early pastors who served short terms. 
W. H. Logan served 22 years and J. H. Taylor 11 years. Other pastors: 
W. J. Wilkie, Elbert Jackson, A. T. Jones, B. M. Hamrick, W. H. Wall, J. 
B. Arledge, W. A. Morris, Charles G. Walker, J. J. Ruppe, T. A. Jones, S. 
F. Huntley, F. T. Martin, J. W. Sinclair, H. J. Almond, R. L. Crawford. 

Church Clerks: James Brown, H. T. Jackson, W. R. Jackson, W. C. 
Keer, T. J. Cowart, W. E. Mills, Allen Laughter, A. B. F. Mills, J. A. 
Mills, W. W. Gibbs, W. F. T. Brown, A. L. McMurray, L. C. Gibbs, P. P. 
Jackson, Z. V. Taylor, J. R. Blanton, J. T. Jackson, J. L. Jackson, Robert 
Blanton, B. L. Blanton, L. H. Cloud, Daniel Ruff, Ruben R. Wilson, Dewitt 
Helton, Miss Elsie Mills, Mrs. Elsie Ruff, Mrs. G. W. Ruff. 

Sunday School Superintendents: J. G. Laughter, W. E. Mills, Allen 
Laughter, H. H. Gibbs, H. K. Corn, W. D. Helton, J. A. Mills, T. N. Wil- 
son, J. R. Blanton, J. L. Jackson, J. W. Biddy, J. M. Gibbs, W. W. Stepp, 

B. F. Jones, Mrs. C. H. Whiteside, Miss Esther Wilson, Daniel Ruff. 

Deacons: M. R. Laughter, W. E. Mills, H. H. Gibbs, I. M. Frady, D. 

C. Brown, Willis Mills, J. A. Mills, H. K. Corn, J. G. Laughter, J. L. Jack- 
son, J. W. Biddy, Daniel Ruff, Sidney McGuinn, Lewis Cowart, Stephen 
Cowart. 

J. M. BROWN, Historian 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 



OBITUARY 



BIG LEVEL: Mrs. Monroe Gosnell. 

BILLS CREEK: Mr. J. A. Conner. 

CANE CREEK: Mrs. Rebecca Searcy. 

CAMP CREEK: Mr. Javan Smart, Mr. John Hutchins, Deacon 
J. A. Clements. 

CHIMNEY ROCK: Mrs. W. A. Hudgins. 

COLUMBUS: Mr. John Foster. Miss Mary Hicks. Mrs. Sue Fea~ 
gons, Mr. Edwin Constance. 

COOPERS CAP: Mr. J. K. Hughes, Mrs. Angelina Thomas. 

MILLS SPRING: Deacon John E. Walker, Mrs. John E. Walker, 
Mr. George E. Edwards, Mrs. Georgianna Geer, Mrs. Romeo 
Phillips, Mr. Sidney Richie. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK: Mrs| Charlton Lewis. 

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Mr. T. L. Jackson. 

MONTFORD COVE: Deacon L. D. Hemphill, Mrs. Velma Hill. 

MOUNT VERNON: Mrs. Lucy Wright. 

OAK SPRINGS: Mrs. Daisy Smith, Mrs. Margaret Gains. 

PIEDMONT: Mrs. Ida Hill. 

PLEASANT HILL: Deacon J. A. Sims, Mrs. J. J. Harris, Mrs. 
L. L. Harris. 

PINEY KNOB: Deacon J. D. Bland. 

PEA RIDGE: Mr. P. G. Brisco, Mrs. Tildia Horton. 

RUTHERFORDTON: Mr. John Henry Keeter, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. 
P. C. Rollins. 

ROUND HILL: Mrs. Priscilla Justice, Mrs. Sarah Morgan. 

SILVER CREEK: Mr. Riley Williams. 

Signed: J. M. BROWN 



14 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Election Of Officers 
A. P. Sorrels nominated R. E. Price, who asked E. B. Jen- 
kins to take the chair and the body voted unanimously electing 
R. E. Price Moderator, after which the following officers were 
duly elected: Vice-Moderator, G. G. O'Neil; Clerk, C. W. Keet- 
er; Treasurer, Guilford Nanney, and J. M. Brown Historian. 

Reports Of Committees 

12. Finance. 

RECEIPTS OF THE GREEN RIVER ASSOCIATION 

For Minute Fund $63.05 

For Missions 8.95 

Dividend from Bank 20.50 

Total $92.50 

DISBURSEMENTS 

To Printing Minutes $40.00 

To Clerk for Services 20.00 

For Missions and Cooperative Program 19.20 

To the Mills Home 10.25 

Total $89.45 

Balance on Minute funds, $3.05. 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer 

13. Treasurer. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

We, the Finance Committee, have received $68.25 for Minute fund and 
we recommend the Clerk be paid $20.00 for his services and the balance 
to be usd for cost of printing Minutes and postage, etc. 

G. NANNEY, for the Committee 

14. Place and Preacher. 

PLACE AND PREACHER 

We recommend the Association meets with Montford Cove church in 
1937. Rev. C. C. Crow to preach the sermon; J. M. Brown, alternate. 

COMMITTEE 

15. Resolutions. 

RESOLUTION 

Whereas, the Green River Association is small in numbers of churches 
in our Association, and a larger membership would help our Association 
in many ways and on account of the geographical location of the follow- 
ing churches, all of which are now members of the Sandy Run Associa- 
tion, we feel it would be much more convenient for them to attend the 
Associational meetings with Green River Association and that they would 
be of greater service in Kingdom work by becoming members of the Green 
River Association. 

The Green River Association extends a most cordial invitation to the 
following churches to become members of our Association: Southern 
Baptist, Green Street, Spindale, Spencer, Mt. View, Shiloh, Gray's Creek, 
Hickory Grove, Green River, Penile, Morgan Chapel, Green's Creek. 

This invitation will be delivered to each church individually and we 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 15 

trust they will give same their prayerful consideration. We will be most 
happy to have them accept the invitation. 

C. W. KEETER 

16. Resolution was offered by C. W. Keeter, clerk, to invite 
thirteen churches, all West of the Poores Ford road, now mem- 
bers of the Sandy Run Association to join : the Green River Asso- 
ciation. Unanimously adopted. 

Duet, "It Pays To Serve Jesus Every Day," sung by J. Rec- 
tor Robbins and C. W. Keeter. 

RESOLUTIONS OF THE GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Resolved that we heartily endorse the intelligent discussion of the 
student body of Wake Forest College in asking for the withdrawal of their 
request for the permission of authorized dancing on the campus, also the 
acceptance of their request by Executive Committee of the board of trus- 
tees. 

Resolved that we the delegates to the Green Revir Baptist Association 
hereby express our deepest and most sincere apprciation to the Cooper's 
Gap Baptist church for the great kindness, excellent hospitality and fine 
entertainment shown us during the enjoyable two day session of this our 
ninety-sixth session. 

Respectfully submitted for the committee, 

C. C. NANNEY 
A. F. GEER 
C. C. CROW 

Words from Rev. R. L. Crawford, pastor of the Coopers Gap 
church, expression appreciation for having the Association meet 
with them, he realized the spiritual inspiration and encourage- 
ment they had received. The meeting was dismissed with 
prayer to meet with Montford Cove Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 1937. Thus 
ended one of the best Associations in our experience. 

R.E. PRICE, Moderator 
C. W. KEETER, Clerk .'■ . : 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 

Ninety-Seventh Session 

HELD WITH 

Montford Cove Church 

September 30-October 1 

1937 



Next Session to be Held With 

ROUND HILL CHURCH 

September 29-30, 1938 



Associational Directory 



OFFICERS 

R. E. Price, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. G. O'Neil, Vice-Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. Nanney, Treasurer Chimney Rock, N. C. 

J. M. Brown, Historian Nealsville, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL W. M. U. 

Mrs. G. G. O'Neil, Supt Rutherfordton, N. C. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 

C. A. Chandler, Supt Rutherfordton, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL B. T. U. 

Rev. C. C. Nanney, Supt Union Mills, N. C. 

PROMOTION AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

R. E. Price, Chairman Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, E. B. Jenkins, J. J. Tarlton, Rev. Molcom Ross, James F. 

Page, Rev. E. P. White, Flynn Searcy, Rev. John Hodge, Jr., P. M. 

Bailey, Rev. David Huntley, J. A. Vess, Rev. R. G. Melton, J. E. Hall, 

Rev. Geo. V. Tilley, Jno. A. Arledge, Rev. R. L. Crawford, Daniel Ruff, 

Rev. J. M. Brown, M. C. Hoyle, Rev. A. T. Howard, John Owens, Rev. 

C. C. Tomblin, Blannie Burgess, Frank Jackson, Rev. Wade Bostic, 

Theodore Hyder, Rev. W. C. Lynch, W. L. Edgerton, M. R. Nanney, 

W. S. Hall, Rev. C. C. Gro'gan, J. J. Geer, Rev. N. B. Phillips, Rev. J. 

L. Hodge, Rev. O. R. Flack, C. B. Hardin, Rev. M M Huntley, T. T. 

Frady, W. G. Green, F. M. Nanney, O. D. Earley, J. J. Tarlton, Rev. 

B. M. Strickland, Jeter Bradley, Rev. L. B. Harris, J. M. Lovelace, R. 

Ledbetter, Rev. C. B. Vause, J. R. Wood. 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1938 

Rev. G. V. Tilley, Columbus, N. C. Alternate, Rev. N. B. Phillips. 
MESSENGERS 

BEULAH— J. L. Smith, Floyd Thompson, John Culbreth. 
BILLS CREEK— G. W. Searcy, D. G. McDaniel, O. A. Robertson, W. C. 

Dalton. 
BIG LEVEL— V. B. Hyder, Alfred Searcy, P. M. Bailey. 
CANE CREEK— J. A. Vess, J. P. Wilson. 

CAMP CREEK — J. C. Condry, Jack Clements, Bertha Clements. 
CHIMNEY ROCK— J. A. Dalton, N. L. Shytle, Mrs. J. L. Morris. 
COLUMBUjS — John A. Arledge, E. H. Gibbs, Miss Vada McMurry. 
COOPERS GAP— George Gibbs, Daniel Ruff, Mack McGuinn, J. W. Bailey. 
GREEN HILL — Ed Hampton, J. A. Rucker, Lee Camp. 
GLENWOOD— Mr. Hemphill, Mrs. Holland. 
MOUNTAIN VIEW— Frances Jackson, Blonnie Burgess. 
MILL SPRINGS— Frank Jackson, David Elliot, Yates Walker. 
MOUNTAIN CREEK— L. B. Harris, J. G. Pridmore, A. R. Queen. 
MT. VERNON — W. L. Edgerton, Lonzo Smith, Mrs. Lonzo Smith, Mrs. J. 

L. Wells. 
MONTFORD. COVE— M. K. Nanney, W. S. Haynes, G. H. Hemphill T. M. 

OAK SPRINGS— Mai Goforth, P. L. Cox, Miss Alice Yelton. 

PIEDMONT — J. O. Griswold, Grady Earley, Tom Hodge, J. B. Flynn. 

PINEY KNOB— J. J. Melton, C. B. Hardin, Clyde Northey. 

PLEASANT HILL— E. H. Harris, H. L. Davis, T. T. Frady, S. L. Taylor. 

PLEASANT GROVE— R. Ledbetter, Mrs. W. C. Lynch. 

PLEASANT GROVE (P)— Roberson Bailey, Glenn Mills. 

ROCK SPRING— J. W. Lattimore, S. L. Whiteside. 

ROUND HILL— A. P. Nanney, M. M. Simpson, B. B. Jones, Will Briscoe. 

RUTHERFORDTON— Rev. G. G. O'Neil, J. J. Tarlton, Amos Harrill, Jim 

Hall, G. E. Erwin. 
SILVER CREEK— M. R. Earley, E. A. Arledge. 
WEST POINT— J. M. Lovelace, R. G. Hardin. 



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COMMITTEES 

FINANCE 

G. Nanney, Mrs. A. L. Smith, T. T. Frady, J. C. McDaniel, W. A. Harrill 
PLACE AND PREACHER 

J. B. Flynn W. C. Lynch R. Ledbetter 

RESOLUTIONS 

E. B. Jenkins C. B. Vause J. A. Vess 

PROMOTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

A. P. Sorrels H. J. Almond Jno. A. Arledge 

ORPHANAGE, THANKSGIVING, ALEXANDER HOME, CHRISTMAS 

C. W. Keeter, G. G. O'Neil, R. L. Cradford, A. F. Geer, Worth Burgess 
PROGRAM NEXT SESSION 

E. P. White J. J. Tarlton C. C. Grogan 

ORDAINED PREACHERS NOT HOLDING PASTORATES 

R. C. Champion, Tryon, N. C, Rte. 1; W. L. Haynes, Forest City, N. C; 

D. C. Hardin, Rutherfordton, N. C; W. G. Greene, Mill Springs, N. 

C; E. B. Dillard, Union Mills, N. C; A. P. Sorrels, Gilkey, N. C; W. 

P. Jackson, Mill Springs, N. C; C. G. Walker, Mill Springs, N. C; 

R. M. Womick, Marion, N. C. 

CONSTITUTION 

No. 1. This Association shall be known as the Green River Baptist 
Association and shall be composed of Baptist churches whose articles of 
faith and constitution are in harmony with those of the Association. 

No. 2. The membership shall be composed of delegates elected by the 
churches composing this body, and of ordained ministers who hold their 
membership in the churches composing this body, and of ministers who are 
serving churches in the Association as pastor, and are members of church- 
es outside the bounds of the Association, provided that said minister de-» 
posits with the clerk of the Association from the clerk where he holds his 
membership certification to the same. Each church composing the Asso- 
ciation shall be allowed two elected delegates. All churches numbering 
more than one hundred members shall be allowed one additional delegate 
for each one hundred additional members or major fraction thereof, pro- 
vided that no church shall have more than five delegates. 

No. 3. The primary object of the Association shall be to encourage 
and support Wake Forest College; to educate young men called of God to 
the ministry and approved by the churches to which they belong; to en- 
courage education among the people of the State; to support the Gospel in 
the destitute portion of the State and of the Southern Baptist Convention; 
to send the Gospel to the nations tha have it not; to encourage the dis- 
tribution and study of the Bible and a sound religious literature; to assist 
Baptist churches in the erection of houses of worship; to encourage the 
proper care of indigent orphan children and destitute and aged ministers 
of the Gospel; to encourage the organization and support of Baptist Sun- 
day schools; and to co-operate with the Baptist State Convention in all its 
departments of labor. 

No. 4. The Association shall meet on Thursday before the first Sab- 
bath in October. 

No. 5. The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association 
and continue in office until their successors are elected. 

No. 6. The oderator shall preside, or fill the chair by calling some 
members of the body thereto and enforce order in accordance with Mell's 
Parliamentary Practice. 



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No. 7. The Clerk shall record the proceeding, conduct the correspond- 
ence, and publish and distribute the Minutes. 

No. 8. The Treasurer shall receive all funds contributed by the 
churches or individuals to the object of the Association, receipting the con- 
tributors for the same, and forward all contributions to their proper des- 
tination, and make a full report of all receipts and disbursements to the 
Association at its annual session; and on retiring from his office turn over 
to his successor all moneys, papers, and books belonging thereto. 

No. 9. There shall be appointed by the Association at each session a 
Promotional Board of Missions and Sunday Schools, Moderator and Clerk 
of the Association, all pastors of churches and one elected delegate from 
each church consisting of who shall have charge of the various interests 
and objects fostered by the Association, and shall encourage the churches 
to give liberally thereto, and shall make a full report of its work, includ- 
ing such suggestions relative thereto as it may think adbisable to the 
Association at its annual session. 

No. 10. The President or, in case of his death or disqualification, any 
three members of the Board may call a meeting thereof. 

No. 11. This Constitution may be changed or amended at any annual 
session by two-thirds of the representatives voting in the affirmative. 

MINUTES 

OP THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 

Ninety-Seventh Session 

HELD WITH 

Montford Cove Church 

September 30-October 1 

1937 

Beautiful sunshiny morning, September 30, 1937. 
FIRST DAY 
Morning Session 

10:00 A. M. — The Ninety- Seventh session of the Green 
River Baptist Association was called to order by ft. E. Price, 
Moderator. Song, "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name," led by 
A. J. Wilkerson. Prayer was offered, being led by Rev. C. C. 
Crow. Song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." 

The program for the session as recommended by the Com- 
mittee on Program was read and adopted. 

The applications of the following churches were presented: 
First Baptist Church of Spin dale, Hickory Grove and Morgan 
Chapel of Polk county, having accepted our unanimous invita- 
tion in our session October, 1936. These churches were unani- 
mously voted members of the Green River Association. 



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The request for letter of dismission was presented by Glen- 
wood Baptist Church to join the Blue Ridge Association and the 
letter was granted by unanimous vote. 

Song, "Sweet By and By," was sung, led by A. J. Wilkerson. 

Sermon by Rev. J. M. Brown, using Matthew 9-36 and Luke 
19-10 brought us a splendid message. Song, "I Want To Be a 
Worker for the Lord." 

1. Report on Orphanage, by Prof. W. E. Sweatt of Union 
Mills. After which he yielded his time to Brother I. G. Grier, 
Supeeintendent of the Mills Home at Thomasville, N. C, who 
brought us a splendid report first hand from our Orphanage. 
Not many dry eyes during his touching report of the good work 
being done there, in the Christian training of the children, and 
how God has blessed the large family of about seven hundred 
children and only sustained a loss of one by death in six years. 
Adopted.. 

ORPHANAGE REPORT 

The North Carolina Baptist Orphanage was established in the year 
1885, and has cared for some thousands of children during the years since 
it was established. 

The year 1937 has been one of increased work and increased responsi- 
bility; 635 children have been cared for in the Home and around 300 have 
been given assistance through the Mothers' Aid Department. The institu- 
tion is being well managed under the direction of Mr. I. G. Greer. In 
spite of the federal funds coming through the State under the Social Se- 
curity Act for Dependent Children, the orphanage continues to have far 
more applications and demands for assistance than it can take care of. 

The cost of maintaining a child in the orphanage has increased in 
proportion as other things have increased in price; hence, must we in- 
crease our support to the orphanage. 

W. E. SWEATT, Supt. 
Alexander Schools, Inc., Union Mills, N. C. 

Prayer, led by Brother J. A. Brock. 

George J. Burnett, spoke and presented the work of Boiling 
Springs College, Christian educational institution, request or in- 
vitation from the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Associations 
for the Green River Association to endorse the Boiling Springs 
College with them. Rev. C. B. Vause, pastor of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Spindale, also spoke recommending the endorse- 
mentof. J. A. Brock, pastor of the Spencer Church, Spindale 
recommended endorsement. On motion of Rev. G. G. O'Neil 
there was a committee appointed to act in the matter and to re- 
port in the afternoon. Committee appointed, R. E. Price, R. 
Ledbetter, G. G. O'Neil. 

Visitors recognized: Rev. J. A. Brock, Sandy Run Associa- 
tion; Rev. W. B. Jenkins, Sandy Run Association; Rev. W. L. 
Barrs, Sandy Run Association; Rev. C. C. Crow, Sandy Run 
Association; Rev. L. N. Eplee, Sandy Run Association; Rev. L. 
M. Kanipe, Sandy Run Association; Rev. C. C. Tomlin, Sandy 



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Run Association; Rev. C. C. Parker, Kings Mountain Associa- 
tion; George Burnett, Kings Mountain Association; W. R. Beach, 
Raleigh, of the Biblical Recorder. 

12 M. — Dismissed with prayer by Rev. W. B. Jenkins. One 
hour for dinner. 

First Day — Afternoon 

1:15 P. M. — Song, "At the Cross" was sung. Rev. L. R. 
Crawford having charge of devotional, he asked Rev. C. C. 
Parker to take charge and he used 13th Chapter of Corinthians 
with brief remarks and called on L. R. Crawford to lead the 
prayer. 

2. Report on Hospital was called for. Rev. EX P. White 
had not been notified, having been appointed to make the re- 
report will write report for the minutes. Rev. J. A. McKaughan 
was present in the interest of the Baptist Hospital, and gave us 
a splendid report on the work being done and the need for en- 
larging the equipments and buildings for the hospital. Song, 
"Bringing in the Sheaves." 

REPORT ON BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

The year closing June 30, 1937 was the greatest in the history of the 
14 years of ministry of the Baptist Hospital located at Winston- Salem — 
greatest in number of patients admitted, in number of churches contri- 
buting to its support and greatest in amount contributed. 

About 5,000 patients applied for treatment during the year. Of this 
number 1,000 could not be admitted for want of room. The hospital never 
turns away a patinet as long as there is an empty bed. 

During the year 1,000 mothers were returned to their 3,000 children; 
4,000 patients returned home to 20,000 fathers and mothers, brothers and 
sisters, and 200,000 interested kinsmen and friends. 

The Nurses' Home is now being enlarged — the capacity doubled — also 
plans are under way to enlarge the hospital. 

The hospital has a staff of 5 internes, 66 doctors, 55 nurses. The hos- 
pital and doctors are rendering a vast amount of free service to sick and 
distressed humanity — not less than $160,000 for the year — these patients 
commg from practically every section of the State. 

The hospital depends very largely on the Mother's Day offering for 
providing treatment to those who cannot pay. This offering last May was 
a little more than $20,000. Hospital linen, such as sheets, pillow cases, 
towels, etc., has been donated in increased quantities this year by Wo- 
man's Missionary Unions and other church organizations. 

As a Christian Institution, this hospital always endeavors to minis- 
ter to, not only the suffering body, but to the distressed mind and spirit 
as well. E. P. WHITE 

3. Report on Christian Education by J. J. Tarlton, Super- 
intendent of Rutherford county schools. The report was spok- 
en on by J. J. Tarlton telling us of the great need of Christian 
education to guide us along the way which would make us 
more useful citizens and better Christians. Adopted. 



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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Formal Christian Education among North Carolina Baptists began in 
an effort to provide an able ministry for our people at a time when the 
lamp of learning was burning low in our State. It was carried forward 
with ever-enlarging opportunities, and often at great sacrifice, until the 
State supported school became popular. But even with the advent of the 
public school, the need for Christian education continues. For education 
without a foundation such as that of Christianity may become destructive. 

Seven Baptist colleges now serve our State. They are Wake Forest, 
Meredith, Chowan, Campbell, Wingate, Boiling Springs and Mars Hill. In 
these institutions are Christian teachers, interpreting subject matter from 
the Christian standpoint and teaching with understanding the Word of 
God. Pupils from these schools are leavening the entire social life of this 
and other states. For from these seven schools go each year around six 
hundred capable, well-trained, consecrated young men and women to be- 
come workers in the churches of their various communities. 

North Carolina Baptists still believe in the Christian school. They 
realize that spiritual training is necessary for the welfare of a people. 
So long as our Christian colleges continue to keep faith with us, and re- 
turn young people of sound training, fine character, and zeal for the 
cause of Christ, the people of the state will continue to give the needed 
support. J. J. TARLTON 

4. Religious Literature by Rev. G. V. Tilley, Columbus, 
N. C, was read and spoken on by G. V. Tilley and briefly by W. 
R. Beach of the Biblical Recorder, and adopted. 

RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

The primary method of reaching the world with the gospel is by 
preaching. "Go yet into all the world and preach the gospel to every 
creature." (Mk. 16:15) was the marching orders to the apostles. The 
same is ours, and will be "unto the end of the world." Because spoken it 
is none the less literature. 

The printed page holds second place as an agency in the ongoing of 
the Kingdom. With our boasted progress in educational advantages, illi- 
teracy should have reached the minimum. With our congregational form 
of government and independence of the churches, it is imperative that we 
as Baptists be a reading people, in order to know ourselves as a denom- 
ination and to voluntarily work as a unit. The reading matter to this 
end is Religious Literature. 

Of course the Holy Bible holds first place with us. It is our creed, 
and book of discipline. It furnishes us an outline of the history of the 
race, presents to us the plan of redemption, cheers us on our journey, 
and assures us of a place in our Father's house. 

The Biblical Recorder is the organ of our denomination. It is edited 
by an able and consecrated man, and the name of the head of every Bap- 
tist household in the state should be on its mailmg list. Brother R. F. 
Ferrell, the efficient circulation manager, is striving to this end. 

Charity and Children, issued from the orphanage is in a class by it- 
self, and is read by many of our people. It is an orphanage publication 
and more. 

The W. M. U. finds in Royal Service, a magazine published in Bir- 
mingham, Ala., a guide both inspirational and instructive. 

Our Sunday Schools, and Training Unions are fully supplied with 
needed helps. Many books are being written by capable authors bearing 



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on all of our denominational activities and every phase of our lives. 
These may be had at reasonable prices at the Baptist Book Store in Ral- 
eigh. G. V. TILLEY 

SECOND DAY 

5. Report on Temperance by Rev. M. A. Adams was read 
and spoken on by M. A. Adams, who gave us a great message 
on the sorrows, heart-aches, suffering and the awful cost of 
the sin caused by the use of liquor. Adopted. 

An offering was taken for the aid of the dry cause, netting 
$14.54, which was turned over to Dr. M. A. Adams for that pur- 
pose. 

3:15 P. M. — Dismissed with prayer by Dr. E. B. Dillard. 

6. The night session was called to order by Rev. C. C. 
Nanney acting Moderator in the absence of the Moderator. Af- 
ter song service and prayer led by Rev. E. P. White the report 
on Young People's Work was given and also discussed by Rev. 
C. C. Nanney. Rev. A. P. Sorrels presiding while the report was 
being given by C. C. Nanney. 

REPORT ON B. T. U. 

Again we close another year of retrenchment in B. T. U. work instead 
of progress. There has been but very little done in the Association this 
year in .developing the B. T. U. organization. 

Our record shows five years of declining in our Work. We go back to 
1931 when there were 12 churches with 21 organizations. In 1936 there 
were four churches with 11 organizations. You see we have lost eight 
churches and 10 organizations in five years. 

We need to follow the advice of Timothy when he said, "Neglect not 
the gift that is in thee" and again he said, "Stir up the gift that is in 
thee." We need to set as a goal every church with a B. T. U. 

The Associational B. T. U. has not held its annual meeting yet, but 
hopes to have a great meeting with the Mt. Vernon church Oct. 17th. 

Let us go home with a determination to put in each church a B. T. 
U. organization, and make as our aim, "Every Baptist being trained for 
service in the B. T. U. C. C. NANNEY, for the Committee 

Rev. E. P. White and also Rev. A. P. Sorrels spoke on the 
B. T. U. Work. Mr. C. A. Chandler was absent and the Sunday 
school work which was scheduled for the night session was 
carried over. Rev. W. C. Lynch spoke and called attention to 
the program for Friday and after singing a song, the meeting 
was dismissed with prayer by W. C. Lynch. The Clerk thanks 
Mrs. W. C. Lynch for acting Clerk and for the record of the 
meeting in his absence at the night session. 

Friday Morning, October 1, 1937 

Cloudy and very cold. 

9:30 A. M. — The meeting was called to order by R. E. Price, 
Moderator. Hymns, "I Am Thine O Lord" and "Nothing But 
the Blood of Jesus" was used. T. M. Cogburn led in prayer. 
R. G. Melton was asked to conduct the devotional, reading 



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scripture and brief remarks and prayer. The Clerk read the 
minutes of the business of the previous day and after some cor- 
rections they were appro vad. Hymn, "Stand Up For Jesus" was 
used, congregation standing. 

7. Report on State Missions was read by Dr. E. B. Jen- 
kins and spoken on by Dr. E. E. Jenkins and adopted. 

STATE MISSIONS 

In the words of our Lord, "Beginning at Jerusalem" we have the pro- 
gram for State Missions. Our State offers two great opportunities for 
the preaching of the gospel in a two-fold manner. In the extreme East- 
ern part of the State there is a great need for evangelism. In some coun- 
ties in the East one can count the Baptist churches on the fingers of two 
hands, so few are they in number in comparison to our Western counties. 

In the West we have and are still evangelizing, but we need to turn 
to the teaching and enlistment side of the gospel. To most effectively 
promot this work our State Mission Board needs more funds for the em- 
ployment of new missionaries, to assist in building and erecting new 
churches. At the present time we have 63 missionaries and they serve 
133 churches. 

Our State Mission work includes church building aid, work with the 
Indians, the negroes, the Oteen Hospital, aid to the deaf, the State Sana- 
torium, and Samarcrand as well as pastor's schools and conference. 

We rejoice in the progress of the State Mission work. But we must 
not rest on our oars, but rather put forth more effort to advance the 
work with more efficiency. Our failure to provide for an aggressive mis- 
sion program will soon result in our slackening along all lines. 

EDWARD B. JENKINS 

8. Report on Home Missions was read by Rev. G. G. O'lNeil 
and spoken on by Rev. G. G. O'Neil and adopted. 

HOME MISSIONS 

The hope of the world lies in the uplifted Christ. There is no solvent 
for sin save the blood of Christ. There is no redemption for man apart 
fiom the atonement of Christ. Social adjustments do not heal the ills of 
the human race. Education falls short of the spiritual needs of man if it 
ignores the great Teacher of Nazereth. Christ and Him crucified alone 
can redeem and save the world. 

The Home Mission Board is lifting up Christ in the homeland among 
the Indians, the foreigners, the negroes, the underprivileged in the cities 
and congested industrial sections, and in Cuba and Panama. In all of its 
departments of work, including the field force, the Sanatorium, the rescue 
missions, the good-will centers, and schools, the Board has 327 missionar- 
ies working in 850 mission stations. During the past convention year we 
have placed in the field 35 new missionaries. This enlargement of our work 
was made possible by the receipts from the Bottoms Trust and unsolicited 
designations. 

A Year Of Progress 

On fields in the South missionaries opened 39 new stations last year, 
bringing the total number of churches and stations to 640. The churches 
have a membership of 11,755; during the year 2.137 were added by bap- 
tism, and there were 3,633 professions. The missionaries delivered 16,431 
sermons, distributed 5,858 Bibles and gospels and 256,335 tracts. 

Three new churches were organized in Cuba, where thp ^oard has 72 



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workers. These missionaries made 42,383 visits and distributed 552,994 
tracts. 

A new department of the Board's work is that of evangelism, of which 
Dr. Roland Q. Leavell is superintendent. The purpose of the department 
is, through evangelistic conferences, the circulation of fresh and stimulat- 
ing literature, and simultaneous revival campaigns in strategic centers, to 
keep aflame the spiritf of evangelism. 

Operating On Cash Basis 

The Board has adjusted its budget so as to operate on a cash basis. 
For the past three and one-half years no money has been borrowed for 
current work. The budget fixed for the year was $150,000 for mission 
work and overhead, and $203,820 for interest and principal on the debt. 
For the calendar year 1936 the Board received from all sources, $443,455, 
which was $46,291 more than was received in 1935. Of this amount the 
women gave $113,981 in the Annie W. Armstrong offering, all specially 
designated, and $56,720 came from the Bottoms Trust. During the past 
year $108,313 was paid on the debt. G. G. O'NEIL 

9. Report on Foreign Missions was prepared by Rev. Wade 
D. Bostic and after being read was spoken on by Rev. Wade D. 
Bostic, having had many years of service in China foreign mis- 
sion work he was able to give us first hand information and a 
splendid message. 

Hymn, "Standing on the Promise" was sung, congregation 
standing. 

FOREIGN MISSION REPORT 

Ninety-two years ago our fathers met in Augusta, Ga., and launched 
the Foreign Mission Enterprise of Southern Baptists. We are profoundly 
thankful to God for the marvelous way He has led us through the years. 

We are now working in sixteen countries. This work is being carried 
on by 417 missionaries, 950 ordained native workers, and 1411 unordained 
paid workers. The work now goes on in 1715 organized churches, 2798 
outstations, with many preaching centers besides. The present member- 
ship in all our churches is 203,675. Baptims in 1936 were 14,000. 

This work and also schools, medical and miscellaneous, is continued on 
a total budget for 1937 of $789,165.00. The contributions have greatly im- 
proved in the past few years. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering had 
as its goal for 1936, $175,000. This was exceeded by $16,000. The debt 
has been greatly reduced and stood five months ago at one-third what it 
was on January 1, 1D33, with a hope that it may all be cleared by the end 
of 1938. But the income is such that the Board in its last spring meeting 
did not dare appoint any new missionaries, though the cries for more 
workers continued to come, and the present force of helpers is carrying a 
burden which is all but crushing them. 

Some say one of the most significant meetings of a century in Baptist 
circles was that in Canton, China, October 13-18, 1936, when nearly 900 
visitors from nine provinces gathered for the commemorating exercises of 
the hundredth anniversary of Baptist efforts in China. There were many 
high lights of the meetings, the programs being divided into periods of ad- 
dresses on Evangelism, Christian Education, Medical Mission, Woman's 
Work, Christian Literature, and Work for Young People. Plans were ad- 
opted for launching a Baptist Campaign to try to double the membership 
of the churches in the next five years. Our total membership now is 41,- 
000. There is much encouragement in China, one thing being that in very 
recent years many of the natural leaders are Christians. The one, now 
standing head and shoulders above all others, the Generalissimo, Chiang 
Kai Shek, stands foresquare for Christ. 



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Likely the greatest emergency the Board has ever faced is that one 
now pressing for attention on account of the war. When this war began 
there were 178 missionaries and 84 children in China. It has become im- 
perative that these should leave China. To do so means an immediate 
and unexpected expense of from $75,000 to $100,000. The Board does not 
have this, and our leaders, after prayer and conference, have authorized 
the Board to borrow the money. Thus an immediate emergency faces us 
and a strong appeal has gone out that we bestir ourselves and make lib- 
eral offerings for meeting this emergency. Therefore, it is recommended 
that the Green River Association at this meeting make plans for solicit- 
ing gifts from all of its churchs. WADE D. BOSTIC 

10. Report on Relief and Annuity by Rev, W. C. Lynch 
and spoken on by Rev. W. C. Lynch. Adopted. 

RELIEF AND ANNUITY 

Among the many problems facing our Baptist ministers today the fol- 
lowing are among the greatest: How will I get enough money to meet 
my financial obligations and what will become of me when I am unable 
to work or become of my family when I am gone. They do more to 
crush the spirit and thereby hinder the efficiency of ministers than any 
other problem facing them. 

The Relief and Annuity Board has as its purpose the relief of this 
situation. Thomas J. Watts, Executive Secretary, says: "While it takes 
money to pay annuities to our ministers, missionaries and other denom- 
inational servants the Relief and Annuity Board is far more concerned 
about bringing a blessing tot he lives of all these than it is about grow- 
ing a great financial institution. Back of every great church has stood a 
line of spiritual leaders. Men, therefore, — men of spiritual force, men 
equipped with faith, hope and cheer, the church must have. But how can 
men do their best when they know that disability or death will throw 
their widows and orphans upon charity " 

If a minister is to receive help from the Annuity fund the church 
must pay a percent of his salary to the Board along with the payments 
made by the minister. Many of our ministers are not eligible for mem- 
bership in this fund, therefore their help must come from the relief de- 
partment. We are urged to take a "Fellowship Offering" once each year 
in connection with the Lord's Supper for the support of this fund. 

We recommend, and urge all of our churches to join the Annuity plan 
and take the "Fellowship Offering" once each year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. C. LYNCH 

The Clerk was authoribed to insert report on Sunday 
Schools in the Minutes, when written by Mr. C. A. Chandler 
and handed to the Clerk. 

12 O'clock — Adjourned for dinner. 

Socond Day — Afternoon 
1:00 P. M. — Hymns, "How Firm a Foundation" and "March- 
ing to Zion" were sung. The devotional was conducted by 
Miss Mollie George of the Alexander School at Union Mills, 
"Bearing Our Burdens." She gave us a splendid outline on the 
subject and was much enjoyed by all. It was excellent. C. C. 
Nanney was asked by her to lead the prayer. 

11. W. M. U. Report by Mrs. G. G. O'Neil, who was not 






GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

present. Mrs. Wade D. Bostic was called on to speak briefly on 
the W. M. U. work which she did and she knew her subject. 
Wish she could have had more time, her message was helpful 
to us all. 

W. M. U. REPORT 

Name of Association, Green River; number of societies, 13; of church- 
es, 27; of members of societies, 462; of women and young people members 
of churches; number churches with W. M. S., 13; Y. W. A., 4; G. A., 4; 
R. A., 2; S. B., 5; number churches with no missionary societies, 14; let- 
ters and postals written, 125; societies organized, 3; miles traveled, 150; 
number societies represented at Associational meeting, 9; number of soc- 
ieties having some form of Personal Service, 13; number of Mission Study 
Classes, 8; number of tithers, 75; number of societies observing Weeks 
of Prayer, 10; State Mission Day, 8; Christmas offering!! 10; Home Mis- 
sion Offering, 10; Number of Home and Foreign Fields taken, 8; Number 
Biblical Recorders taken, 76; Number Royal Service taken, 40; Number of 
World Comrades taken, 5; Number The Window of Y. W. A. taken, 3; 
Place and date of next Associational meeting, Rutherfordton First Church. 
Will it be a separate time and place or in connection with your regular 
Association ? Separate. 

MRS. G. G. O'NEIL, Supt. 

Brother W. Perry Crouch of Raleigh, brought us a splen- 
did message reporting some of our Baptist work, advising us of 
the need for greater effort to reach the unsaved. There was 
only 22 million people in our Southland 46 years ago and today 
we have 24 million that are unsaved and we are not doing 
much about it, but we should get busy. 

Rev. Wade D. Bostic was asked to lead special prayer for 
missionaries and the mission work. 

12. Rev. Dumont Clark of Asheville, N. C, was called at 
this time to talk to us on the Lord's Acre Plan, he outlined the 
plan and called attention that it gave the individual the oppor- 
tunity to work and also it helps and almost solves the financing 
of the country church. We hope many will try it out. 

12. Obituary Report was read by Rev. J. M. Brown and 
congregation stood silently for a moment in honor of the de- 
ceased. 



12 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



OBITUARY 



BILLS CREEK: Mrs. Cynthia Conner, Mrs. Mirah Crawford, 
Mrs. Martha McDaniel. 

BIG LEVEL: Mrs. Ella McCrain. 

CANE CREEK:— Mrs. Oscar McGuinn. 

CHIMNEY ROCK: Mrs. W. A. Hudgins. 

COLUMBUS: Mr. J. R. Splawn, Miss Emily Hicks, Mrs. Ellen 
Cannon. 

COOPER'S GAP: Mrs. Edna Lawter. 

MILL SPRINGS: Mrs. Parmelia Jackson, Mr. Elzon Cochran, 
Mrs. Joe W. Walker. 

MONTFORD'S COVE: Deacon S. R. Hall, Mrs. S. R. Hall, Mrs. 
Sophia Morgan, Mr. Jessie P. Wilkerson. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK: Mr. James Roper, Mrs. Mattie White, Mrs. 
Louisia Camp. 

MORGAN CHAPEL: Mrs. Martha Jane Henderson, Mr. Gail 
Griswold. 

PIEDMONT: Mr. W. P. McCurry, Mrs. S. A. Simms. 

PINEY KNOB: Mr. Willie Hill. 

PLEASANT GROVE (R) : Mr. George White. 

PLEASANT HILL: Mr. I. G. Frady. 

ROUND HILL: Deacon William Nanney, Mr. W. P. Thompson, 

Mr. W. C. Nanney, Mrs. Bsttie Blankenshlp, Mrs. Nanny 
Goforth. 

RUTHERFORDTON: Mrs. J. W. Bsason, Mr. W. C. Hardin. 

SILVER CREEK: Mrs. Frank Sain, Mr. M. L. Sain. 

Signed: J. M. BROWN 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 

Election of Officers. Motion by E. B. Jenkins to re-elect 
all the officers of last year, and the Clerk was authoribed to 
cast the vote for the Association for same. C. W. Keeter, 
Clerk cast the vote for the following: For Moderator, R. E. 
Price; Vice-Moderator, G. G. O'Neil; Clerk, C. W. Keeter; Trea- 
surer, Guilford Nanney; Historian, J. M. Brown. 

Reports of Committees. Place and preacher. Adopted. 

Treasurer's Report adopted. Finance adopted. Resolu- 
tions adopted. Executive adopted. 

Many of the delegates were gone home and were not pres- 
ent for the business session of electing the officers and passing 
on the reports of committees. It is very important that all dele- 
gates remain at the Association and take part in this business 
of finishing up the session. 

Committee on Resolutions in regard to Boiling Springs 
College reported and was unanmiously adopted, vote 43 stand- 
ing vote. The report was: 

RESOLUTIONS 

"We recommend that the Green River Association endorse Boiling 
Springs College and join the Sandy Run and Kings Mountain Associations 
in supporting the institution. 

"We recommend that at the proper time, trustees be elected by this 
Association to serve with the trustees of the other Associations in pro- 
moting the interest of the college. 

"In taking favorable action upon this report the Association is not 
committed in any way for the indebtedness now upon the college, nor do 
we commit any church of the Association to any financial obligation. 

"We further recommend that the churches invite representatives of 
the college to visit and explain the work of the college." 
HISTORIAN'S REPORT 
MONTFORD'S COVE CHURCH 1841-1936 

The Green River Baptist Association was organized in 1840. The 
Montford's Cove Church was constituted in 1839 and was one of the 
charter members of the Association. 

In 1841 the Montford's Cove Church entertained the Green River As- 
sociation. The church was composed of 22 members. W. Hill was pastor 
of the church. Jona Ledbetter and Jon Pettit were the delegates. Con- 
tributions $2,025. 

From 1841-1936 the church gained in membership 692 by baptism, 222 
by letter, 100 by restoration, total 1014; lost 372 by letter, 280 by exclus- 
ion and erasure, 177 by death, total 779; net gain 235. Total contribu- 
tions to benevolences $3939.85. 

October 4, 1867 the Montford's Cove Church entertained the Associa- 
tion the second time. Elder J. C. Grayson was elected Moderator of the 
Association and Elder C. B. Justice, Clerk. Elder L. McCurry preached 
the introductory sermon. Twenty-six churches were represented. The 
names of J. Bowman, J. C. Grayson, William Harrill, W. D. Lanchester, 
W. H. Logan, C. B. Justice, J. Holbert, A. McMahan, J. F. Pendergrass, B. 
E. Rollins, G. W. Rollins, E. L. Taylor, W. J. Wilkey, L. McCurry, G. M. 
Webb are mentioned as pastors of the 26 churches. 

The Association called for correspondence from other Associations and 



14 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

received from Salem a package of minutes, but no messenger or letter. 

Kings Mountain — a letter and a package of minutes by the hand of 
G. M. Webb, G. W. Rollins and William Harrill. 

Broad River — a letter by W. P. Hemphill. 

"The Moderator then announced the following committee, to-wit: C. 

B. Justice, N. Bowen, and W. J. Wilkey to report on Missions. J. R. Den- 
ton, and D. D. Lattimore to report on Temperance. J. R. Blanton and J. 
M. Mode to report on Sabbath Schools. J. F. Pendergrass, E. Toms and 
James Brown to report on Finance. 

The Finance Committee reported that $5.03 in specie and $18.85 in 
currency had been sent up by the churches for printing minutes." 

Seven resolutions were offered and adopted by the Association. Space 
allows us to mention one. "Whereas, there is a difference in conducting 
singing in public worship; therefore, Resolved, that we advise the churches 
to rise when they hear the tune started, and stand while they sing, and 
quit when they get done." 

September 30, 1897 the Fifty-seventh Annual Session of the Green 
River Association convened with the Montford's Cove Church. William M. 
Blanton of Marion, was elected Moderator of the Association. Rev. A. P. 
Sorrels began his long term of serving as Clerk of the Association. Rev. 

C. B. Justice preached the introductory sermon. 

September 28, 1921 the Montford's Cove Church entertained the Asso- 
ciation the fourth time. M. L. Edwards presided and Rev. A. P. Sorrels 
served as Clerk. Rev. C. P. Holland preached the introductory sermon. 
At fehis session the association elected a church historian for the first time. 

From 1841-1936 twenty-two pastors have served the Montford's Cove 
Church. W. Hill one year, H. W. Patterson five years, Bailey Bruce six 
years, H. W. Sloop one year, J. C. Grayson three years, B. E. Rollins one 
year, T. B. Justice five years, C. B. Justice nine years, J. H. Yarboro one 
year, W. H. Logan ten years, G. W. Rollins one year, H. D. Harrill two 
years, J. C. Sorrels three years, T. J. Moss eleven years, Thomas Justice 
one year, D. J. Hunt four years, F. M. Huggins two years, M. M. Hunt- 
ley thirteen years, E. P. White three years, C. C. Grogan two years, B. N. 
Rogers two years, T. M. Cogburn three years. 

No Church Clerk is mentioned till 1855. J. W. Morgan began in 1855 
and served consecutively 44 years, A. F. Morgan 6 years, E. S. Harris 30 
years, J. H. Harris 1 year. 

No Sunday School is mentioned till 1880. Since that date T. P. Hemp- 
hill, J. A. Stott, A. F. Morgan, J. V. Divinny, E. C. Harris, J. A. Vess, J. 
W. Morgan, J. W. Halford, J. C. Taylor, L. D. Hemphill, E. S. Harris, 
Hugh Hemphill, and M R. Nanney have served as Sunday School Superin- 
tendents. 

H. W. Parker, Miss Ida Hall, Rodney Hemphill, Miss Addie Hall, Miss 
Lola Vess, Bratcher Hall, Fritz Hemphill, Miss Mary Byrd, Hicks Hemp- 
hill, and Miss Florence Harris have served as Secretaries of the Sunday 
School. J. M. BROWN 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

To the Montford Cove Baptist Church: 

Resolved, That we, the delegates, ministers and visitors to the Green 
River Association, express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the 
kindly and excellent hospitality and entertainment during the session of 
the association with the Montford Cove Church. We have had a most 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 15 

profitable and pleasant stay during these two days. We thank you most 
graciously for your courtesies. 

For the committee, 

EDWARD B. JENKINS 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

Finance Committee reports the following: That we have in hand 
$62.02 for Minutes and Clerk service, and we recommend $45.00 for print- 
ing the Minutes and $20.00 for the Clerk service and we will need $2.98 
to meet the mount. GUILFORD NANNEY, for the Committee 

PLACE AND PREACHER 

We, the Committee recommend that the next session meet with Round 
Hill Church and that Rev. G. V. Tilley of Columbus preach the sermon 
and his alternate be Rev. N. B. Phillips. 

COMMITTEE 

PROMOTION AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

We recommend the following Committee as Promotion and Executive 
Committee. See page with Committee. 

A. P. SORRELS, for the Committee 

RECEIPTS OF THE GREEN RIVER ASSOCIATION 

For Minutes $68.25 

For Cooperative Program . 34.80 

, For Orphanage 3.00 

Balance $106.05 

DISBURSEMENTS 

To Printing Minutes $45.00 

To Clerk 20.78 

To Orphanage 3.00 

To Cooperative Program 34.80 

Total $103.58 

Balance for Minutes, $2.47. 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer 

After singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," the 
session was closed with prayer by Dr. E. B. Jenkins. Next ses- 
sion will meet with Round Hill Church about 10 miles North 'of 
Rutherfordton at Union Mills, N. C, Thursday before the first 
Sunday in October, 1938. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk R. E. PRICE, Moderator 

Information: During the service of the present Moderator 
and also the Clerk, the Association has met with the following 
churches: Mt. Vernon, 1929; Bills Creek, 1930; Piney Knob, 
1931; Columbus, 1932; Mountain Creek, 1933; Pleasant Hill, 
1934; Oak Springs, 1935; Cooper's Gap, 1936; Montford Cove, 
1937. C. W. KEETER 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



Ninety-Eighth Session 

HELD WITH 

Round Hill Church 

September 29-30 



1938 



Next Session to be Held With 
PIEDMONT CHURCH 
September 28-29, 1939 



Associational Directory 



OFFICERS 

R. E. Price, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. G. O'Neil, Vice-Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. Nanney, Treasurer Chimney Rock, N. C. 

J. M. Brown, Historian Nealsville, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL W. M. U. 

Mrs, J. L. Geer, Supt '. Rutherfordton, N. C. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 

C. A. Chandler, Supt Rutherfordton, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL B. T. U. 

Geo. E. Gibbs, Supt Mill Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
R. E. Price, chairman, Rutherfordton, N. C; C. W. Keeter, G. G. O'Neil J. 
M. Brown, G. Nanney, J. H. Gibbs, E. P. White and L. P. Barnette .. 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1939 
Lowel P. Barnette, Union Mills. Alternate, E. P. White. 

MESSENGERS 

BEULAH— J. L. Smith, Claude Ruff, Grant Mills, J. F. Page. 

BIG LEVEL— Claud Jones, Pharis Bailey, W. R. Gilbert. 

BILLS CREEK — Clyo Searcy, J. P. Wilson, Mrs. Willie Shopshire, Ed 
Shopshire. 

CANE CREEK — Daniel Lynch, J. A. Vess. 

CAMP CREEK — Dewy Hodge, Frank Lane, Ruby Cowan. 

CHIMNEY ROCK— Guilford Nanney, J. E. Hall, Mrs. J. L. Morris. 

COLUMBUS — John Williams, Walden Thompson, Miss Vada McMurry, E. 
H. Gibbs. 

COOPERS GAP— George Gibbs, J. W. Biddy, Mack McGuinn. 

GREEN HILL— W. A. Rucker, Martin Taylor. 

HICKORY GROVE— J. L. Scott, Lee Barnette, C. A. Roberson, T. C. 
Davis. 

MILL SPRING— J. H. Bibbs, Frank Jackson, J. Walker. 

MT. VERNON — Ryburn Edwards, J. B. Freeman, Mrs. Cletus Morgan, 
Naomi Wells. 

MT. CREEK — Paul Allen, H. P. Rucker, Herbert Queen, Mrs. Albert Car- 
penter. 

MT. VIEW — H. D. Jackson, Harold Jackson. 

MONTFORDS COVE — Ewart Parker, George Marlow, Millard Parker, E. 
S. Harris. 

MORGAN CHAPEL— E. P. Wilson, W. S. Hall, M. MJ. Barnette, Buck Cul- 
breth. 

OAK SPRINGS — Foster Briscoe, Roy Ledford, Lee Brown. 

PEA RIDGE — Hicks Price, Archie Allen, Grady Russell. 

PIEDMONT— J. B. Flynn, Jesse Hill, Hicks Hill, W. F. Hodge. 

PINEY KNOB— Walter Matheny, D. C. Hardin, Fred Randall, P. L. Hens- 
ley, Clyde Northey. 

PLEASANT GROVE— H. B. Elliott, E. W. Chatum. 

PLEASANT GROVE— James Hodge, Horace Bailey, Roberson Bailey. 

PLEASANT HILL— J. B. Whiteside, J. W. Taylor, T. T. Frady, G. C. 
Green, H. L. Davis. 

ROCK SPRING — Knox Williams, Donald Lattimore. 

ROUND HILL— A. H. Nanney, A. R. Nanney, F. I. Nanney, W. P. Smart. 

RUTHERFORDTON— R. E. Price, C. W. Keeter, C. F. Geer, Rev. G. G. 
O'Neill, Mrs. J. L. Geer. 

SILVER CREEK — Jeter Bradley, Mrs. Reece Arledge. 

SPINDALE— S. K. Yelton, J. D. Morris, L. G. Blanton, R. M. Hill. 

WEST POINT — Nick Camp, Morrison Gilbert, Ed Proctor. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ORDAINED MINISTERS, OTHER THAN PASTORS BELONGING TO 

CHURCHES 
R. C. Champion, Tryon, N. C; H. J. Almond, Mill Springs NC; J. 
L Hodge, Rutherfordton, N. C; Woodrow Flynn, Rutherfordton N. C.; W. 
L. Haynes, Forest City, N. C; D. C. Hardin, Rutherfordton N. C, Route 
3- W. G. Green, Mill Springs, N. C; G. G. O'Neill, Rutherfordton N. C 
W. P. Jackson, Mill Springs, N. C; G. G. Walker, Mill Springs, N. C; S. 
M. Womick, Marion, N. C. 

COMMITTEES 

FINANCE 
Guilford Nanney, Woodrow Flynn, J. H. Gibbs, R. Ledbetter, A. F. Geer 

PLACE AND PREACHER 
A. P. Sorrells T. T. Frady W. A. Harrill 

RESOLUTIONS ■ 

C B Vause B. M. Strickland Walter Matheny 

EXECUTIVE 
W. C. Lynch W. E. Sweatt W. S. Hall 

ORPHANAGE THANK OFFERING AND ALEXANDER SCHOOL 

CHRISTMAS OFFERING 

C W Keeter, G. G. O'Neil, Frank Keeter, Mrs. L. B. Harris, and 

Mrs. W. C. Lynch 

HOSPITAL 

R. E. Price Hicks Hill Charles Walker C. A. Ledford 

CONSTITUTION 
No 1 This Association shall be known as the Green River Baptist 
Association and shall be composed of Baptist churches whose articles of 
faith and constitution are in harmony with those of the Association 

No 2 The membership shall be composed of delegates elected by tne 
churches composing this body, and of ordained ministers who hold their 
membership in the churches composing this body, and of ministers ; who are 
serving churches in the Association as pastor, and are members of church- 
es outside the bounds of the Association, provided that said minister de- 
posits with the Clerk of the Association from the Clerk where he holds his 
membership certification to the same. Each church composing the Asso- 
SaUon sh P all be allowed two elected delegates. All churches numbering 
more than one hundred members shall be allowed one additional delegate 
for each one hundred additional members or major fraction thereof, pro- 
V vided that no church shall have more than five delegates. 

No 3. The primary object of the Association shall be to encourage 
and support Wake Forest College; to educate young men called of God to 
the ministry and approved by the churches to which they belong; to en- 
course education among the people of the State; to support the Gospel in 
Se SfstttuS portion of the State and of the Southern Baptist Convention; 
to send the Gospel to the nations that have it not; to encourage the dis- 
trtbutionTnd study of the Bible and a sound religious literature; to assist 
Baotist churches in the erection of houses of worship; to encourage the 
nrooer care of indigent orphan children and destitute and aged ministers 
of the Gosoel to encourage the organization and support of Baptist Sun- 
day schools; and to cooperate with the Baptist State Convention m all its 

dePa No Tie 4 ntS T°he la Ass r ociation shall meet on Thursday before the first Sab- 

bath No B Ct °The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator Clerk and Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association 
and continue in office until their successors are elected. 

No 6 The Moderator shall preside, or fill the chair by calling some 
members of the body thereto and enforce order in accordance with Mell s 
Parliamentary Practice. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



No. 7. The Clerk shall record the proceeding, conduct the correspodn- 
ence, and publish and distribute the Minutes. 

No. 8. The Treasurer shall receive all funds contributed by the 
churches or individuals to the object of the Association, receipting - the con- 
tributors for the same, and forward all contributions to their proper des- 
tination, and make a full report of all receipts and disbursements to the 
Assocaition at its annual session; and on retiring from his office turn over 
to his successor all moneys, papers, and books belonging thereto. 

No. 9. There shall be appointed by the Association at each session a 
.-Promotion Board of Missions and Sunday Schools, Moderator and Clerk 
of the Association, all pastors of churches and one elected delegate from 
each church consisting of who shall have charge of the various interests 
and objects fostered by the Association, and shall encourage the churches 
to give liberally thereto, and shall make a full report of its work, includ- 
ing such suggestions relative thereto as it may think advisable to the 
Association at its annual session. 

No. 10. The President or, in case of his death or disqualification, any 
three members of the Board may call a meeting thereof. 

No. 11. This Constitution may be changed or amended at any annual 
session by two-thirds of the representatives voting in the affirmative. 

PROCEEDINGS 

Thursday, September 29, 1938 

The 98th session of the Green River Baptist Association 
was called to order by R. E. Price, Moderator. Hymn, "How 
Firm a Foundation," was used, led by Brother Jerry Guffey. 
Prayer was offered, led by Rev. Charles Walker. In a short 
welcome address by A. P. Sorrels he stated that Round Hill 
church and also the Green River Association was organized in 
the same year, 1840, bid us welcome to Round Hill. 

At this time attention was called to the Association by C. 
W. Keeter that just at this hour there were the heads of four 
great nations in conference and that on their decision in this 
conference rests the welfare of these nations and also others 
including America, whether or not there be war. Special pray- 
er was had just at this time, praying that they may work out 
their problems without war and bloodshed. 

The roll was called and 28 churches out of 29 in the Asso- 
ciation reported present and their letters all turned in. The 
program for the session as arranged by the program commit- 
tee was read and approved. 

Dr. G. V. Tilley was called to preach the sermon and he 
called Rev. N. B. Phillips to come to the platform and lead in 
prayer before he preached. Dr. Tilley used the 2nd verse, third 
chapter First Epistle of John as his text, and brought us a most 
wonderful message which was helpful and stirred our souls. 
Standing we used hymn, "Come We That Love the Lord," after 
which we had the report on Religious Literature by Rev. E. P. 
White followed by some brief remarks. 

Report on Orphanage was called for, by Miss Mell George. 
Dr. I. G. Greer of the Thomasville Orphanage was recognized 
and after speaking in very high praise of the management of 
the Alexander Home and School, and of W. E. Sweatt and his 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



staff, that we should all feel proud and thankful and appre- 
ciate their work, he stirred our body with his message from the 
text, He Went About Doing Good. He reported that we had 
only lost two children by death in seven years. Let's all do our 
best for the Orphanage this coming year. 

Visitors recognized: Rev. J. C. Owen, Dr. Geo. J. Burnett, 
J. L. Lovelace, Von King, J. G. Price, J. A. McKaughan, B. M. 
Gannup and wife and J. Rector Robbins. 
Committees named. (See page 2). 

An offering was taken to help Grover Matheny who recent- 
ly lost his house, furniture and clothing. $22.73 was the a- 
mount. Special solo was sung by J. Rector Robbins, "Is My 
Master Satisfied With Me." Dismissed for dinner with prayer 
by Bro. Barnett. 

1:00 P. M. Hymn, "Trust and Obey," led by J. Rector Rob- 
bins Devotional service was conducted by Rev. Dewey Hodge, 
using scripture in St. John, 12th chapter. E. P. White leading 
the prayer. Report on Sunday Schools by C. A. Chandler, and 
some remarks on the work by J. C. Owen, also J. A. McKaugh- 
an. , ,. ,, 

Temperance, by M. A. Adams, bringing to our attention the 
evils from whiskey in any form. Offering for Dry Cause, $9.02. 
Rev. J. A. McKaughan was recognized, who spoke in the 
interest of the Baptist Hospital also of Meredith College. B. M. 
Cannup was recognized who spoke to us, bringing greetings 
from Mars Hill College. 

Announcements, and using hymn, "Take the Name of Jesus 
With You " We were dismissed with prayer by W. C. Lynch. 
Evening service opened at 7:30 with C. C. Nanney presid- 
ing and Mrs. W. C. Lynch acting as clerk. Hymn, "All Hail 
the Power of Jesus Name." R. G. Melton leading in prayer. 
Devotional service was conducted by Rev. O. R. Flack and at 
this time he expressed the thanks of the Matheny family for 
the fine spirit and splendid help from the special offering for 
them, $22.73. 

Rev A P. Sorrels spoke on Hospital and the report to be 
handed in later. The young people of the Alexander home 
rendered two special selections which were enjoyed by all pres- 
ent 

' Report on Young People's Work, written by Geo. E. Gibbs 
was read by W. C. Lynch. Rev. Lowel Barnett spoke briefly 
on B T. U. work and at this time special prayer was again en- 
gaged in for peace in Europe, led by Miss Mell George and after 
several sentence prayers, Dr. M. A. Adams closed the prayer. 

Rev. J. A. Brock, Moderator of the Sandy Run Association 
brought a wonderful message on Baptist doctrines. Miss New- 
some led the closing prayer. Adjourned. 

FRIDAY, 9:30 A. M. 
Hymn, "O Worship the King." Rev. W. C. Lynch conduct- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ed the devotional service. Scripture James I. Woodrow Flynn 
leading the prayer. 

Relief and Annuity Report, by Rev. G. G. O'Neil. Motion 
by Rev. E. P. White that the Moderator appoint committee and 
that we take special offering at least one Sunday in the year 
at each church on Communion day for special fund to be kept 
in the Green River Association for the special fund for minis- 
terial benefit in the Association. The motion carried with one 
dissenting vote, Rev. A. P. Sorrels against. The committee to 
receive and administer this fund is Rev. E. P. White and Rev. 
W. C. Lynch, both of Rutherfordton and J. H. Hill, Spindale. 

Dr. Geo. J. Burnett introduced some of the Boiling Springs 
students who at this time, favored us with two special numbers 
of music. Miss Abbie Miller at the piano. Misses Helen Rhod- 
es, Ailene Jones, Jeanette McSwain, Laura Whitaker, Messrs. J. 
C. Digh, John L. Hicks, Eugene C. McSwain, M. C. Staton. Dr. 
Burnett spoke to us on our college, Boiling Springs, also some 
remarks by Rev. Lowel Barnett of his experiences at Boiling 
Springs. 

Report on Missions. State Missions, by Rev. C. B. Vause. 

Home Mission, by Rev. Charles Walker. 

Foreign Missions, by Rev. E. B. Jenkins. 

M. A. Huggins, our State General Secretary, was recogniz- 
ed and brought us a message which we believe was a blessing 
to all in onening our eyes to see our duty. Visitors recognized. 

1:30 P. M. Hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.' , 
Prayer led by Brother Melton. A. G. Sargent brought us a mes- 
sage on Religious Literature, stressing the value of the Biblical 
Recorder in every home. Solo, "In the Garden," by young lady, 
Miss Marjorie Tarsen was enjoyed by all. She is a member of 
the Alexander Home. 

Report on W. M. U. work by Mrs. J. L. Geer, stressed the 
need for the men to encourage and support the ladies in their 
W. M. U. work, for us to see they are furnished the funds they 
want for this work and also transportation to attend the W. M. 
U. meetings. Mrs. J. H. Hill also spoke briefly on their work. 

History, by J. M. Brown. 

Obituary, B. J. M. Brown. Enetire congregation stood in 
silence in memory of the deceased. 

Election of officers, the Moderator called the Vice-Modera- 
tor to take the chair. Rev. C. B. Vause moved the entire list 
of officers of last year be re-elected. Motion carried. 

Committee reports: 

Finance, adopted; Treasurer, adopted; Place and Preacher, 
adopted; Resolutions, adopted; Executive, adopted; Conventions, 
adopted. 

An offering was taken for the Red Cross and $9.44 was 
contributed. After singing "God Be With You Till We Meet 
Again," we were dismissed with prayer, led by Rev. E. P. White. 

One of the best attended Associations yet, the house was 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



filled the first day. Quite a number in gallery. Splendid at- 
tention, good order, most all delegates remained to attend to 
the business. Never in our history has the funds for minutes 
been taken care of more promptly than this year. We increas- 
ed in number also in finances, which is encouraging to us all. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk 
R. E. PRICE, Moderator 
ORPHANAGE REFORT 

In the year 1885, the Baptists of North Carolina established Mills 
Home, now known as the North Carolina Baptist Orphanage. From that 
date to now, the institution has been steadily growing, and during this past 
year it has cared for, in its buildings and on its grounds, approximately 
700 children. In addition to this number, it has cared for 150 children in 
their various homes over the state through the Mothers' Aid Department. 

Children between the ages of two and twelve years are received into 
the orphanage, and are dismissed according to preparation rather than age. 

The training is thorough and ranges from the kindergarten classes 
through the high school courses as well as that in useful manual labor. 

It costs from $25.00 to $30.00 per month to care for a child in our 
orphanage. This includes food, clothing, housing, instruction, and all care. 
The Green River Association has given to the orphanage this year $554.79. 
There are eleven churches in this Association which have not contributed 
one cent toward the work of the orphanage during the past year. If the 
other 66 Associations over the State have given in proportion to what 
our Association has given, the orphanage would not have received one- 
fifth enough money to even feed the children during the past year. 

There are a few things we can do for the orphanage: 

1. Each Sunday School in the state can send a monthly offering to 
the orphanage. This can be done if the work of the orphanage is properly 
presented to the Sunday Schools. 

2. We can urge our Sunday School classes, W. M. S., B. Y. P. U.'s, or 
other organizations of our churches to, at least, clothe a child in the or- 
phanage for a year. 

3. We can put all the influence and enthusiasm of the church and 
Sunday School behind the Thanksgiving Offering each year and make it 
worth while. 

4. We can make an Association-wide effort to get every church in 
the Association to send produce to the orphanage this fall. 

(Miss) MELL GEORGE 

REFORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS' 

Interest in Sunday School work in the Association has been growing 
during the last year. This interest has been due principally to the study 
of Sunday School work by the workers in the schools. With information 
comes inspiration and interest. To have an efficient Sunday School you 
must have informed and trained teachers and officers. Each Sunday 
school is urged to put on at least two Study Courses each year, using 
books suggested by the Sunday School Board. 

There were eleven Teacher Training School Courses in the Associa- 
tion this last year and six Vacation Bible Schools held in 1938 over one 
in 1937. These being worked and planned through the Sunday School As- 
sociation. The Green River Sunday School Association has held regular 
monthly meetings on the first Sunday in each month at 2:30 P. M. The 
purpose of this organization is to build bigger and better Sunday Schools 
through inspiration and information. C. A. CHANDLER 

REPORT ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK 

There are young people on every hand. Some are found in question- 
able places of the world, partaking of the questionable things; others are 
found in the churches, schools and other organizations, preparing them- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



selves for better service in life. Where are the young people of the 
Green River Association to be found? 

Are we adults going- to continue to stand aside and make slighty re- 
marks about the young people's organizations, and then, on the other 
hand, constantly ask the question, "What is going to become of the 
Younger Generation?" It behooves us, as Christian men and women, not 
only to see that the young people are taking an active part in some good 
Baptist Young People's Organization, but also to affiliate ourselves with 
some good organization of this kind. The B. T. U. not only includes the 
Young People' s Union, but it includes the Adult Union as well. 

We now have 14 Unions in six B. T. U. organizations. This is an ad- 
vancement over last year. However, the surface has not as yet been 
scratched. Our B. T. U. Associational officers cannot do this work alone. 
If our young people fall into disrepute while we stand idly by, can we 
face our Master on the day of reckoning with a clean slate? Let us all 
give this matter some earnest prayer and then help these prayers be ans- 
wered by some hard work. G. E. GIBBS 
REPORT ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF AND ANNUITIES 

The Relief and Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention 
has just completed its twentieth year of service. This Board should find 
a larger place in the hearts of our people than has been accorded it hith- 
erto. It has rendered a great service, but it is capable of rendering a 
still greater service. The benefits paid by this Board during the first 
twenty years were $3,235,150.42. Our people should make the work of 
this Board a matter of earnest study and prayer and give to it their most 
hearty cooperation. 

The Care Of Our Aged And Infirm Preachers And Widows 

Our Board continually faces the great task laid upon it by the South- 
ern Baptist Convention and by the various States of providing food, cloth- 
ing and shelter for thousands of ministers who have grown old in the 
service of Christ and for the widows of ministers who have gone to their 
Heavenly reward. The time has not come and will not come for many 
years when there will not be the necessity for aiding these servants of the 
Lord, and, the amounts that we are paying them ought by all means to be 
increased for they are pitifully small. 

Fellowship Offerings 

The Relief and Annuity Board is continuing to ask that the churches 
take at least one Fellowship Offering in connection with the observance 
of the Lord's Supper each year and send it through the State Secretary- 
Treasurer marked "Special Fellowship Offering for Ministerial Relief." A 
growing number of our churches have done this, and yet the great ma- 
jority have neglected it. If thousands of our churches would take this 
Fellowship Offering the Relief and Annuity Board will be able to send 
thousands of dollars more money to our aged and dependent veterans. 

It will be well for our churches to make diligent inquiry into this plan 
and, of course, our preachers should also give it their earnest considera- 
tion. For further information relative to this Convention Minister's Re- 
tirement Plan our preachers and church leaders are invited to write to 
their State Secretary of Missions or to Dr. Thomas J. Watts, Executive 
Secretary of the Relief and Annuity Board, 2002 Tower Petroleum Build- 
ing, Dallas, Texas. G. G. O'NEIL 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

Thirty-eight years ago, at the beginning of the twentieth century, 
"State Missions" was considered a matter of evangelizing a few out-of- 
the-way places. Today the field has broadened — though the fundamental 
thing is still taking the Gospel to the lost — until it includes: (1) sup- 
porting resident pastors in weak, needy places; (2) teaching and training 
through Sunday School, B. T. U. and W. M. U. work; (3) helping with 
church building programs in strategic centers; (4) ministry to our college 



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students, the Indians, Negroes, and those confined to our Sanatoriums, in- 
stitutions of correction, and penal institutions; and (5) general missionar- 
ies who work throughout the State to keep our lamps burning brighter at 
home that they may carry the light further into a darkened world. 

At the last meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention the facts were 
revealed which show that our Home Mission Board has 332 missionaries, 
our Foreign Mission Board has 413 Missionaries, while the State Conven- 
tions have approximately one thousand missionaries at work in the South- 
land, or more than the combined number of missionaries in both the Home 
and the Foreign Fields. Upon first thought this seems that we are sel- 
fishly missionary. But we cannot do an effective work abroad unless we 
are thoroughly Christian at home. We must "Keep the home fires burn- 
ing," if we are to have spiritual warmth to send the message abroad. 

CHAS. B. VAUiSE 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

The Home Mission Board has tasted the joy of going on in 1937. The 
Lord has richly blessed our missionaries in every field. We have now 332 
missionaries, working in 886 mission stations. During the past year 23 
new missionaries have been put in the field, 22 mission chapels, and the 
pastor's homes built, and over 100 new mission stations opened, over 776,- 
319 tracts, and 34,530 Bibles, and portions of the scriptures distributed. 
50,000 People have been personally visited, and talked to about their soul's 
salvation, and in addition the people have been appealed to in 36,579 ser- 
mons and addresses. 

Progress And Finances 

In 1936 the W. M. U. gave $113,981.15. In 1937 their offering reach- 
ed the sum of $130,904.86. 

The Board received from all sources in 1937, $508,454.67, an increase 
of $64,999.40, or 14.6 per cent. The treasurer's report shows that $145,- 
560.37 was paid on the principal of the debt in 1937. This is the largest 
amount paid since 1929. 

The Board is strictly adhering to a cash basis in all its operations. 
This is the fifth year the Board has operated without borrowing for cur- 
rent work. The Board has operated within its budget. 

Buttoms Trust 

The Buttoms Trust is worthy of mention because of what it has 
done for Home Missions. In addition to the actual work done, there has 
been a pick-up, a revitalized animation, a thrilling, soul-inspiring enthus- 
iasm given that can never be put into figures. All along the Rio Grande 
in Texas, up into New Mexico, throughout French Louisiana, and over the 
entire field in Cuba there has gone a spiritual wave of hope, joy and de- 
termination to carry on, created by the Bottoms Trust, that has given 
new life to our work. No one among Southern Baptists have done more 
for the progress of the kingdom in the home land and abroad than Mrs. 
Ida M. Bottoms, of Arkansas. 

Some of the outstanding places in which the Home Mission Board is 
doing work are: Cuba, Tampa, Fla., Louisiana, the border of Texas, and 
New Mexico. In this territory there are thousands of Cubans, Italians, 
Frenchmen, Mexicans, and Negroes, and a dozen other nationalities. 

New Orleans has been called the "Heart of the Home Mission Feld." 
In and around the city in Southern Louisiana there are more than 500,000 
French, more than 40,000 Italians, and in the city of New Orleans more 
than 100,000 Negroes, thousands of Spanish speaking people, Jews, Sy- 
rians, Greeks, Russians, Germans, Hungarians, and thousands of mixed 
nationalities. Seventy-five percent of the population is Catholic. Just out- 
side the city of New Orleans there are towns ranging in population from 
1,000 to 10,000 where no Baptist work exists at all. 

CHARLIE WALKER 



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REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

Perhaps there never was a time in the history of Christianity when 
Foreign Missions was so important. A world in unrest, nations in com- 
motion, wars raging in China and Spain. All Europe threatened with a 
gigantic war that will wreck civilization if it breaks out. 

Our mission work has been badly demoralized in China by the invas- 
ion of the Japanese: Churches, schools, hospitals, and mission stations 
bombed, church members killed in air raids, congregations scattered, the 
occupation of property by the Japanese army making it practically im- 
possible for our work to be carried on. Missionaries driven from their 
posts of duty by invading armies or ordered out by Japanese officers, or 
intreated by American Consuls on account of the danger to their lives, 
or from lawless soldiers and bombs from the air. 

In Spain our mission work is almost wiped out, as members have been 
driven from their homes by invading armies, chapels destroyed by shell 
fire of the Communists. 

In Palestine in the land of our Lord, where terror reigns, as Jews 
and Arabs fight in open streets and ambush each other from highways 
and hills. At night is is unsafe to venture out on the streets of Jeru- 
salem, and other cities and towns greatly hinders our work in churches 
and chapels in the Holy Land where we are trying to do mission work. 

Yet let it be remembered^ that in all these countries our foreign mis- 
sion work is being carried ^h "though in a restricted way. In China our 
Missionaries endanger their lives in order to help the needy and the 
wounded and dying. In Spain our missionaries suffer persecution from the 
Catholics as they try to teach the word of God and witness for Him. In 
Palestine our work is crippled by the terrorists who sweep the land bring- 
ing death and destruction. 

If our missionaries can labor under such conditions as these how much 
more ought we to sacrifice to give of our means to send the gospel to a 
heathen world lost in sin and groping in the darkness. 

When we kneel to pray let us thank God that we do have the gos- 
pel, and that we live in a land of peace where we Can worship God ac- 
cording to the dictates of our conscience. 

EDWARD B. JENKINS 

RELIGIONS LITERATURE 

Religious Literature should cover all reading material, even of a re- 
mote religious nature. 

Someone said, "Reading makes a ready man." Again, "Reading is the 
thought gaining process." If these quotations are true, we need to care- 
fully select our reading material, especially for our young people. 

What we read will be a large factor in determining our thinking, and 
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Therefore, our reading mate- 
rial is one of our great foundation pillows determining what we shall be; 
and since this is true, we need to have our reading matter of such a na- 
ture that it shall be constructive for time and ultimately affecting us for 
eternity. 

Twenty- two counties in North Carolina have libraries. Rutherford 
county has a library containing about four thousand volumes. One book 
for every ten persons in the county is the average. More recently this 
same library has started a bookmobile. Our literature of a current nature 
such as Charity and Children, Biblical Recorder, and periodicals from the 
Sunday School Board certainly should be read thoroughly. In addition there 
is a specific agency for purchasing books of a distinct religious nature in 
the Baptist Book Store, Raleigh, N. C. Certainly our Baptist literature 
should receive first consideration. The printed page elsewhere should be 
selective. 

We must be informed in order to be a forward looking people and to 
be better prepared to carry out the Great Commission, "Go ye" (Matt. 
28) and "Study in order to 'rightly divide the word of truth, " (Paul). 



10 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

And to this end may be read, study, and follow Him who is the Great 
Head of all and in all our work. E. P. WHITE 

REPORT OF W. M. U. 

Number of Societies, 12; number of churches without societies, 17; 
Letters and cards written, 150; number of societies visited, 2; number of 
miles traveled, 60; amount raised this year approximately $1100. 

MRS. G. G. O'NEIL 
REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 
We are glad to report that substantial gains have been made in our 
fight against the legalized liquor traffic and also in the suppression of the 
illegal traffic. Out of twenty elections held since the last Legislature, the 
Dry Forces have won twelve and the arrest and prosecution of rum run- 
ners and joints are far more numerous than at any time, since the Legis- 
lature adjourned. 

We call upon all good citizens, especially our church people, to gird 
themselves and press this fight to a finish, by taking an outright stand for 
the right and against the wrong, and furnishing the money for the fight 
that is now going on. 

We also ask the incoming Legislature for a State-wide referendum, 
which shall include wine and beer and the suppression of road houses and 
dance halls on our highways and elsewhere. 

M. A. ADAMS 
FINANCIAL REPORT 
Cash received for the Green River Rssociation, 1937: 

For Minutes and Clerk $ 65.00 

For Cooperative Program 39,65 

For Foreign Mission aid in China 6.81 

Total $111.46 

Cash paid out: 

To Printing Minutes $ 45.00 

To Clerk 20.00 

To Cooperative Program 39.65 

To Foreign Mission aid in China 6.81 

Total $111.46 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer 
FINANCE COMMITTEE 
We, the Finance Committee have on hand $77.95 for Minute funds and 
we recommend that the Clerk be paid $25.00 for his services and $50.00 
be paid for printing the Minutes. 

G. NANNEY, Chairman 
WOODROW FLYNN 
J. H. GIBBS 
PLACE AND PREACHER 
We, your committee on Place and Preacher wish to recommend the 
following: Place for next meeting, Piedmont; preacher, Rev. L. P. Bar- 
nette, with Rev. E. P. White alternate. We also recommend that since 
1940 will be the centennial for the Green River Association and the Round 
Hill church, that the 1940 session of the Association be held with that 
church and celebrate the centennial of both the Association and Round 
Hill church. 

A. P. SORRELS, Chairman 
J. H. GIBBS 
T. T. FRADY 
RESOLUTIONS 
The Green River Baptist Association in session at Round Hill church, 
September 30, 1938. Be it resolved: 

(1). That the Promotion Committee of our Association make a spec- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

ial effort to enlist our rural churches in the Lord's Acre plan for the com- 
ing year; and that Rev. Dumont Clark of Asheville, be asked to present 
this work at our next annual meeting-. 

(2.) That the Moderator be requested to appoint a committee of five 
pastors to pray, plan and promote an Evangelistic emphasis this year in 
our Association in cooperation with the State and Southern Conventions. 
It is suggested that if possible simultaneous revivals be held in the sev- 
eral churches, if the committee deems this wise. 

(3.) That we express to the Round Hill church our heart-felt thanks 
for their consideration for our comfort; especially do we thank them for 
the splendid dinners provided on these two days of the Associat.on. 

CHAS. B, VAUSE 
ZENO B. FLACK 
R. G. MELTON 

TEMPERANCE RESOLUTIONS, 1938 

Resolved, that we as Christian people and citizens of Rutherford coun- 
ty and North Carolina urge the next session of the Legislature of North 
Carolina to enact a law allowing all the voters of North Carolina to vote 
upon a State-wide referendum on the whiskey question and that if said 
law is approved by the voters that we also urge that wine and beer be 
abolished, along with whiskey and A. B. C. stores in this state. 

Second, that if the said Legislature fails to enact such a state-wide 
referendum that we urge it to enact a law allowing Rutherford county a 
referendum on legalizing wine and beer at an election in 1940 

Third, it is the census of opinion of this body that we are anxious to 
''clean up" North Carolina and Rutherford county of all alcoholic drinks. 

Fourth, that we call upon all pastors and churches of all denomina- 
tions to use their influence against the manufacture, sale and use of all 
alcoholic drinks. That we urge all good citizens to help enforce the law 
and back our officers in enforcing all Temperance laws. 

M. A. ADAMS 

This resolution was read and adopted. 

HISTORY OF ROUND HILL CHURCH 

The Round Hill Baptist church was constituted in 1840, the same year 
the Green River Association was organized. The postoffice was Miners- 
ville. 

In 1841 the Round Hill church reported a membership of 25, contri- 
butions $1.31 %. Elder H. W. Patterson was pastor of the church, dele- 
gates to the Association: D. Rich and R. M. Mayfield. There were 29 
churches in the whole association. The total membership was 739, total 
contributions $19.52 y 2 . 

Friday, September 30, 1853 the Green River Association convened at 
Round Kill. Elder J. M. Webb was pastor of the church. M. Koon and 
E. Keeter were delegates to the Association. The church reported six 
baptims, a membership of 62, contributions $1.12. The 29 churches of the 
Association reported 105 baptisms, total membership 1595, total contribu- 
tions $25.98. 

Elder Lewis McCurry preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. 
Webb was elected Moderator and Elder Bailey Bruce, clerk. The circular 
letter prepared by Elder J. C. Grayson was read and unanimously adopted. 

The following querries were discussed: 

"1st. From Mount Vernon Church. How long shall a brother, after 
calling for letter and obtaining it, hold it under any circumstance, that 
has not joined some other church Answer. As a member receiving a 
letter is still subject to the discipline of the church granting it, until re- 
ceived by another church, the time is immaterial, so long as the church 
is satisfied." 

"2nd. From Cane Creek church. How long shall a brother be under 
the watch care of the church, before he comes in full fellowship, wiio 
moves from one part of the country to another without a letter Answer. 



12 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

We recognize no such custom among the Baptists, to receive members 
under the watch care of the church without a recommendation from a 
church of our order. We advise churches of our union, however, to use 
every consistent means to procure letters from such aggrieved persons, 
at as early time as they conveniently can." 

"3rd. From Mount Zion church. Has or has not the association a 
right to withdraw from such a church who will not take her advice? 
Answer? Yes. The Association has such a right to withdraw from a 
church according to the constitution." 

The following resolution offered by Brother T. Davis was adopted: 
"Whereas, there exists great destruction in our churches in regard to 
Sabbath School: Therefore 

"Resolved, That this association recommend to all the churches com- 
posing this body to organize Sabbath Schools at their respective churches 
and that they select suitable pious superintendents and teachers to con- 
duct said schools and that the churches report upon the subject at our 
next meeting." 

No missionary topics were discussed, but on Sunday, October 2, Elder 
Lewis McCurry preached a missionary sermon and a collection for mis- 
sions was taken, amounting to $21.37%. 

The following pastors were members of the association: Bailey Bruce, 
N. P. Corn, J. C. Grayson, William Harrill, J. Leatherman, Lewis Mc- 
Curry, A. Padgett, J. Parnell, H. W. Patterson, B. E. Rollins, G. W. Rol- 
lins, J. M. Webb. 

October 3, 1873 the Green River Association covened again at Round 
Hill church. Elder B. E. Rollins was pastor of the church, R. O. Led- 
better, church clerk. Delegates: R. O. Ledbetter, M. Morris, I. P. Sor- 
rels. The church reported one baptism, membership 68, pastor's salary 
§40.00, minute fund $1.40. No Sunday school reported. 

The Round Hill church entertained the association — 1885, 1895, 1903, 
1917, 1922. The church has gradually grown numerically, financially, and 
organically. Last year, 1937, the church reported 16 baptisms, 382 mem- 
bers, 340 enrolled in Sunday school, B. T. U. 252, W. M. U. 126. Total 
missions and benevolences given by all departments of the church $951.96. 
Grand total to all work of the church $1,222.96. 

One of the greatest events in the history of the Round Hill church 
was the founding of the Round Hill Academy. The faithful work of Rev. 
C. B. Justice, Rev. D. J. Hunt and Miss Meldona Livingston will always 
be held in high esteem by the people of Round Hill church and the town of 
Union Mills. The school was a blessing to the church and the church was 
loyal to the school. 

The present school of which Prof. W. E. Sweatt is the efficient leader 
is quite an asset to the town and church. Prof. Sweatt and his faithful 
leaders are a blessing to the church and the church is a friend to the 
school. 

The following have served as pastors of the Round Hill church: H. 
W. Patterson, S. G. Hamilton, T. B. Justice, Bailey Bruce, J. C. Grayson, 
J. M. Webb, B. E. Rollins, William Haynes, G. W. Rollins, H. D. Harrill, 
J. E. King, C. B. Justice, R. D. Herring, J. D. Hoyle, G. A. Martin, J. A. 
McKaughan, M. L. Buchanan, E. B. Dillard, A. A. Walker, M. L. Lennon, 
C. C. Grogan. 

Church Clerks: Mv Koon, D. Morgan, R. O. Ledbetter, R. S. Callahan, 
L. L. Deck, W. F. Sorrels, A. P. Sorrels, W. M. Nanney, J. D. Morris, A. 
H. Nanney, Jr., M. B. Koon, W. W. Nanney, W. F. Flack, J. Worth Mor- 
gan, R. C. Flack, W. P. Smart, F. M- Nanney, Drewry Nanney, W. D. 
Nanney, A. E. Brisco, Darrell Middleton, Mrs. A. L. Reel. 

Sunday School Superintendents: L. L. Deck, H. P. Lynch, C. G. Hill, 
J. C. Sorrels, A. P. Sorrels, L. W. Livingston, A. G. Freeman, C. J. Hill, 
P. Stringfield, J. R. Scoggins, W. F. Flack, J. W. Morgan, W G. Scoggins, 
Prof. W. E. Sweatt, F. M. Nanney and V. T. Cooper. 

Sunday School Clerks: J. D. Freeman, Callie Nanney, M. R. Free- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IS 

man, Miss M. Freeman, Nola Woody, R. P. Freeman, W. Y. Scogglns, 
Paul J. Sorrels, F. M. Nanney, Fielder Koon and Darrell Middleton. 

B. Y. P. U. Presidents: Ben Harrill, J. W. Morgan, Miss Julia Mor- 
ris, Fritz Hemphill, Murrell Johnson and Leon Kendrick. 

W. M. U. Presidents: M;iss Meldona Livingston, Miss Clara Morris, 
Mrs. C. S. Nanney, Mrs. J. E. Stallings, Miss Effie Lynch, Mrs. A. L. Reel 
and Mrs. C. Y. iNanney. 

Church Treasurers: J. R. Middleton, Miss Minnie Sue Nanney, Dar- 
rell Middleton, Miss Cordia Koone, C. L. Hamrick and F. M. Nanney. 

J. M. BROWN 



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BELL'S CREEK — Mr. Aimer Frisby, Miss Nellie Conner, Mrs. Pol- 
ly Frazier, Mr. R. L. Sinclair, Mr. Logan Earley. 

CANE CHEEK — Mrs. Maude Ruff. 

CHIMNEY ROCK— Mrs. Salina Bailey. 

COOPER'S GAP — Deacon J. L. Jackson, Mrs. Julia Dimsdale, Mrs. 
Amanda Brown, Mrs. Martha McGuinn, Mr. A. G. McMurray. 

GREEN HILL — Deacon J. P. Jones. 

MILL SPRINGS— Mr. William Splawn, Mr. Romeo Phillips. 

MT. VERNON — Mr. Samuel Edwards. 

MONTFORD' SCOVE — Mrs. Verno Harris, Miss Tempie Wilker- 
son, Mr. M. J. Harris. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK — Miss Lee Holland. 

MORGAN'S CHAPEL— Mrs. J. F. Bridgman. 

PIEDMONT— Mr. C. E. Hill, Mr. Silas Hodge. 

PLEASANT GROVE (R) — Mrs. Mary Kate Lattimore, Mrs. Sal- 
lie Elliott, Mrs. Bessie May England. 

ROUND HILL — Miss Hattie Koon, Mrs. Sarah Harvel. 

RUTHERFORDTON— Mrs. R. P. Geer, Mrs. Hattie Callahan, Mr. 
M. L. Justice, Mr. J. M. Smith, Mr. Jack Williams. 

SILVER CREEK — Mrs. Logan Newman, Mrs. Julia Williams, Mr. 

Clem Arledge. 
SPINDALE FIRST — Deacon J. R. Wood, Miss Ha Hamrick. 



14 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

During the year 1938 Associational Promotion Meetings were held as 
follows : 

WITH GREEN HILL CHURCH 

Sunday, January 30, 1938, 2:30 P. M.— The Green River Baptist As- 
sociational Promotion Meeting was called to order by R. E. Price. Hymn, 
"Stand Up For Jesus" was sung, led by W. R. Wells who had the choir 
from the First Baptist Church of Spindale with him. R. E. Price read 
scripture, 46th Psalm and prayer was led by Wade D. Bostic. Song, "On- 
ward Soldiers." Subject, "The B. T. U. Should Grow" was spoken on by 
C. C. Nanney, who gave us some interesting facts on B. T. U. work. 

Special music rendered by the Spindale choir was enjoyed by all. This 
was led by W. R. Wells. 

The subject of "The Sunday School Should Grow" was to be spoken 
on by E. P. White, who could not be present and the subject was not 
spoken on. At this time an offering was taken to defray some small ex- 
pense of the meeting and the amount contributed was $4.04. After sing- 
ing the hymn, "Standing On The Promises" and "Jesus Calls Us," Mrs. G. 
G. O'Neil spoke on the subject of "The W. M. U. Should Grow," telling 
us that no church could do its best work and that the pastors realized 
this, without the W. M. U. Society to back them up, and that as the 
widow gave her all, let us ask ourselves, are we doing our duty or our 
best. 

Fifteen minutes was taken for group meetings. After calling the 
meeting back together, the question of another similar meeting was dis- 
cussed. E. B. Jenkins moved the meeting be combined with the First 
Sunday meetings, was defeated. 

Brother Terrell spoke to us in the interest of the Biblical Recorder, 
that more of the Baptists should use it. 

G. J. Burnett of Boiling Sprinks spoke on making the church grow. 
There were 24 Deacons, 5 Pastors and 8 Sunday School Supts. present. 
Churches, 14 present. The meeting was dismissed by prayer by Brother 
Terrell. C. W. KEETER, Clerk 

MILL SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH 

2:30 P. M. — The Associational meeting was called to order by R. E. 
Price. Mymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour," led by Bro. Claud Wilson, was 
sung. Mrs. G. V. Tilley at the piano. Rev. G. V. Tilley read scripture, 
Acts 3, 11 verses and also led prayer. 

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Spindale 
First Church invited the body to meet with them at Spindale. Invitation 
was accepted. 

Report on subject, "Reaching Men for Sunday School," by J. J. Tarl- 
ton was ably presented and discussed in a splendid message by Mr. Tarl- 
ton. 

Report on subject, "B. T. U. Work" was presented by Mr. E. H. Free- 
man. An excellent message from Mr. Freeman on the subject was helpful 
to us all. 

Song, "On Jordan Stormy Banks I Stand." Subject, "Rearing Men 
for Mission Work," by C. B. Vause, was ably presented to the meeting by 
Bro. Vause. An offering was taken to defray the expenses and the a- 
mount was $1.69. Duet, "It Pays to Serve Jesus Each Day," by E. H. 
Freeman and C. W. Keeter. Mrs. G. V. Tilley at the piano. 

Morgan Chapel won the Sunday School Banner for their attendance. 
3 Pastors, 7 Sunday School Supts., 11 Deacons, 17 Sunday School teach- 
ers were present at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned with prayer 
by Bro. Brown. C. W. KEETER, Clerk 

SPINDALE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 

Sunday.July 31, 1938, with Spindale First Baptist Church, Fifth Sun- 
day Associational meeting was called to order by Rev. C. B. Vause, who 
acted Moderator in the absence of R. E. Price. Song, "Standing on the 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 15 

Promises" was sung, led by W. R. Wells. Prayer was led by Freeman. 

C. C. Nanney conducted the devotional, reading- 37th Paslm, after 
which song-, "Take Time to be Holy" was sung. Rev. E. P. White read 
the 8th Psalm and spoke to us on the B. T. U. work and stressed the need 
for faithful workers who can be depended on at all times. Rev. C. C. 
Nanney also spoke on the need for trained workers. 

Mrs. C. B. Vause spoke on Missions and gave us some statistics show- 
ing how little we were doing in this work according to our membership. 

Rev. C. B. Vause gave us a splendid message on Sunday School work, 
stressing the need for canvassing and taking census in order to have the 
knowledge of your possibilities and who should be in your Sunday school. 
An offering was taken to defray the small expenses and the amount was 
$1.29. The meeting was dismissed with prayer by Rev. C. B. Vause. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk 

FOR INFORMATION 

During the year 1937 Oak Springs adopted the Lord's Acre plan with 
five families entering in the plan's work and the amount contributed 
through this plan was $32.50 and they liked the plan so well that they ad- 
opted the plan again for the year 1938 with twenty families entering into 
the work and they are expecting the Lord to bless in this plan and that 
the amount received through this plan will help wonderfully in the fin- 
ances of the church. We hope many other country churches will catch 
this inspiration and adopt this plan. You will find a resolution in the 
minutes along this line. Add Blankenship is Secretary of this church's 
plan. 

The Association has met with the following churches during the serv- 
ice of the present Moderator and Clerk: Mt. Vernon 1929, Bill's Creek 
1930, Piney Knob 1931, Columbus 1932, Mt. Creek 1933, Pleasant Hill 1934, 
Oak Springs 1935, Cooper's Gap 1936, Montford Cove 1937, Round Hill 
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MINUTES 

OF THE 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



Ninety-Ninth Session 

HELD WITH 

Piedmont Church 

September 28-29 H 
■ 1939 



Next Session to be Held With 

RUTHERFORDTON CHURCH 

October 3-4, 1940 



Associational Directory 



OFFICERS 

R. E. PRICE, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. G. 0'NEIL, Vice-Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk Rutherfordton, N. C. 

G. NANNEY, Treasurer Chimney Rock, N. C. 

J. M. BROWN, Historian Nealsville, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL W. M. TDi. 

MRS. J. H. HILL, Supt Spindale, N- C. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 

C. A. CHANDLER, Supt Rutherfordton, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL B. T, U. 

L. P. BARNETTE, Supt Union Mills, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

R. E. Price, chairman, Rutherfordton, N. C; C. W. Keeter, J. J. Tarlton, 

Frank Jackson, G. Nanney, J. H. Gibbs, E. P. White and L. P. Barnette 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1940 

C. B. Vause, Spindale. Alternate, W. W. Rimmer, Rutherfordton. 

MESSENGERS 

BIG LEVEL— Roland Ruppe, V. P. Hyder, W. R. Gilbert, G. A. Green. 

BILLS CREEK — Daniel Searcy, O. A. Robertson, A. L. Haynes. 

BEULAH — James L. Smith, John Culbreth, Floyd Thompson. 

CANE CREEK— J. A. Vess, Mai Dalton. 

CAMP CREEK — Zolan Clements, T. R. Barnes, Zeno Cowen. 

CHIMNEY ROCK- Guilford Nanney, John Flack, W. C. Allison. 

COLUMBUS— John Williams, L. H. Cloud, John Gibson. 

COOPERS GAP— George Gibbs, Charlie Blanton. 

GREEN HILL— A. G. Walker, W. A. Rucker, Martin Taylor. 

HICKORY GROVE— J. L. Stott, Walter Stott, Mrs. Mary Martin, Mrs. 
Blanche Raburn. 

MILL SPRING— J. H. Gibbs, Frank Jackson, David Elliott. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK— J. S. Pridmore, L. B. Harris, Charlie Justice. 

MOUNTAIN VIEW— L. B. McCraw, Hobart Jackson. 

MT. VERNON— Willie Ross, W. B. Wilson, Laxton Hamrick, Mrs. R. R. 
York. 

MO'NTFORDS COVE— A. L. Harding, W. S. Haynes, A. J. Wilkerson. 

MORGAN CHAPEL— M. M. Barnette, W. S. Hall, H. P. Sharpe, W. M. 
Williams. 

OAK SPRINGS— Grady Yelton, Roy Ledford. 

PIEDMONT— Roy Hodge, G. A. Callahan, Jessie Hill. 

PEA RIDGE — Roy Fowler, Boney Cannon. 

PINEY KNOB— J. R. Atchley, P. L. Huntley, Raleigh Atchley, C. H. Atchley. 

PLEASANT HILL— E. H. Harris, T. T. Frady, H. L. Davis, J. L. Brown. 
PLEASANT GROVE (R)— H. B. Elliott, R. Ledbetter, Miss Namoi Wil- 
son. 

PLEASANT GROVE (P)— Frank Crain, Roberson Bailey, Otho Gibbs. 
ROUND HILL— F. M. Nanney, W. E. Sweatt, W. P. Smart, Mrs. A. L. Reel. 
ROCK SPRING— Lawrence Whiteside, J. W. Lattimore. 
RUTHERFORDTON (First Baptist)— Oliver Hill, J. J. Tarlton, R. R. Flack, 

Mrs. B. P. Scruggs, Miss Bess Turner. 
SPINDALE (First)— C. H. Wilson, J.H. Hill, Mrs. R. M. Hill, D. M. Sinclair. 
SILVER CREEK— Reece Arledge, Arthur Sain. 
WEST POINT— R. M. Scoggins, Tom Camp, John Proctor. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ORDAINED MINISTERS NOT PASTORS, WITH POSTOFFICES 

E. B. Dillard, Union Mills. N. C; A. C. Ledford, Union Mills, N. C; W. 
B. Craig, Union Mills, N. C; C. C Nanney, Union Mills, N. C; Stanley Sur- 
ret, Union Mills, N. C; A. P. Sorrels, Gilkey, N. C; W. P. Jackson, Mill 
Springs, N C; C. G. Walker, Mill Springs, N. C; C. C. Champion, Landrum, 
S. C; W. L. Haynes, Forest City, N. C; W. E. Hill, Caroleen, N. C; D. C. 
Hardin, Rutherfordton, N. C; Walter Matheny, Union Mills, N. C; W. G. 
Green, Landrum, S. C; Levi Lvnch, Mill Springs N. C; H. J. Almond, Mill 
Springs, N. C; G. G. O'Neil, Rutherfordton, N. C; W. C. Lynch, Rutherford- 
ton, N. C; J. L. Hodge, Rutherfordton, N. C. 



COMMITTEES 



FINANCE 

Guilford Nanney Fred Hill J H. Hill J. B. Flynn 

R. Ledbetter 

PLACE AND PREACHER 

W. C. Lynch Zaiuski Clements Ryburn Edwards 

RESOLUTIONS 

E. B. Jenkins Chas. Walker G. H. Hemphill 

EXECUTIVE 

J. H. Gibbs W. B. Wilson W. W. Rimmer 

STATE CONVENTION 

R. G. Melton W. G. Griswold Frank Jackson 

THANKSGIVING TO THOMASVILLE AND CHRISTMAS TO 
ALERANDER 

C. W. Keeter, L. G. Blanton, O. R. Flack, Mrs. L. B. Harris, Mrs. Hicks Hill 

CONSTITUTION 

No. 1. This Association shall be known as the Green River Baptist 
Association and shall be composed of Baptist churches whose articles of 
faith and constitution are in harmony with those of the Association. 

No. 2. The membership shall be composed of delegates elected by the 
churches composing this body, and of ordained ministers who* hold their 
membership in the churches composing this body, and of ministers who are 
serving churches in the Association as pastor, and are members of church- 
es outside the bounds of the Association, provided that said minister de- 
posits with the Clerk of the Association from the Clerk where he holds his 
membership certification to the same. Each church composing the Asso- 
ciation shall be allowed two elected delegates. All churches numbering 
more than one hundred members shall be allowed one additional delegate 
for each one hundred additional members or major fraction thereof, pro- 
vided that no church shall have more than five delegates. 

No. 3. The primary object of the Association shall be to encourage 
and support Wake Forest College; to educate young men called of God to 
the ministry and approved by the churches to which they belong; to en- 
courage education among the people of the State; to support the Gospel in 
the destitute portion of the State and of the Southern Baptist Convention; 
to send the Gospel to the nations that have it not; to encourage the dis- 
tribution and study of the Bible and a sound religious literature; to assist 
Baptist churches in the erection of houses of worship; to encourage the 
proper care of indigent orphan children and destitute and aged ministers 
of the Gospel; to encourage the organization and support of Baptist Sun- 
day schools; and to cooperate with the Baptist State Convention in all its 
departments of labor. 

No. 4. The Association shall meet on Thursday before the first Sab- 
bath in October. 

No. 5. The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator. Vice- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Association 
and continue in office until their successors are elected. 

No. 6. The Moderator shall preside, or fill the chair by calling- some 
members of the body thereto and enforce order in accordance with Mell's 
Parliamentary Practice. 

Nfc>. 7. The Clerk shall record the proceedings, conduct th correspond- 
ence, and publish and distribute the Minutes. 

No. 8. The Treasurer shall receive all funds contributed by the church- 
es or individuals to the object of the Association, receipting the contributors 
for the same, and forward all contributions to their proper destination, and 
make a full report of all receipts and disbursements to the Association at 
its annual session; and on retiring from his office turn over to his successor 
all moneys, papers, and books belonging - thereto. 

No. 9. — There shall be appointed by the Association at each session a 
Promotion Board of Missions and Sunday Schools, Moderator and Clerk 
of the Association, all pastors of churches and one elected delegate from 
each church consisting of who shall have charge of the various interests 
and objects fostered by the Association, and shall encourage the churches 
to give liberally thereto, and shall make a full report of its work, includ- 
ing such suggestions relative thereto as it may think advisable to the Asso- 
ciation at its annual session. 

No. 10. The President or, in case of his death or disqualification, any 
three members of the Board may call a meeting thereof. 

No. 11. This Constitution may be changed or amended at any annual 
session by two-thirds of the representatives voting in the affirmative. 



PROCEEDINGS 



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1939 

10:00 A. M. — The ninety-ninth session of the Green River As- 
sociation was called to order with Piedmont church, by R. E. 
Price, Moderator. Hymn, "Blessed Assurance" was sung, led by 
Taff Walker. Revotional was conducted by Rev. D. W. Hodge, 
scripture third chapter of Ev. Prayer was led by Rev. T. M. 
Hester. 

Roll call was next with all churches but three were present, 
before the noon hour every church was represented with letter 
and dlegates. 

The program for the session was read and approved. It 
was noted that there had been no delegates appointed to repre- 
sent Piedmont church and the Moderator asked if there would 
be any objection to the chair appointing three representatives 
from the Piedmont membership to serve. No objections were 
raised, the Moderator appointed Jessie Hill, Roy Hodge and G. 
A. Callahan. 

Hymn, "Place Your Hand in the Nail Scared Hand," by J. 
Rector Robbins. 

Visitors were recognized: J. A. Leslie, evangelistic singer; 
J. Rector Robbins, J. W. Jones, Moderator of the Sandy Run As- 
sociation, also J. A. Brock, C. C. Crow, T. M. Hester, B. M. Strick- 
land, W. G. Camp, D. M. and Mrs. Kanup, of Mars Hill; John Arch 
McMillan, Thomasville; J. R. Cantrell, of Boiling Springs. 



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Religious Literature report by Charles W. Walker, was read 
and spoken on by Bro. Walker and also J. W. Jones and C. C. 
Crow and was adopted. 

Hymn, 'Alas and Did My Savior Bleed," led by Rector Rob- 
bins. 

Orphanage report was read by Miss Edith Johnson, of the 
Alexander Home, Union Mills. She yielded her time to Bro. Mc- 
Millan, representing the orphanage, who spoke to us of our orph- 
anage. Adopted. 

Hymn, "Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There." 
Prayer, J. A. Brock. L. P. Barnette asked Rev. E. P. White to 
come to the platform and read the scripture. He used Matthew 
28-Acts 1, led in prayer, after which Bro. Barnette brought us an 
inspiring message. He was requested to prepare this message 
to be printed. 

Hymn, "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" Adjourned for din- 
ner, with prayer by L. R. Crawford. 

Afternoon Session 
1:30 P. M.— Hymn, "Come We That Love the Lord," and 
"Amazing Grace" was used. Devotional was conducted by Dr. 
E. B. Jenkins, using first Epistle of Jude and called on Rev. C. B. 
Vause to lead in prayer. 

Duet, "Follow Me," by Rector Robbins and J. A. Leslie, was 
enjoyed by all. 

REPORTS 
State Missions — By N. B. Phillips, who was absent, was read 
by C. W. Keeter. 

Home Missions — By G. V. Tilley, who was absent, was read 
bv J. H. Hill. 



Foreign Missions:— Was read by R. G. Melton. Time was 
given to Bro. Perry Crouch who used John 14-12, who brought us 
a great message on cooperation. Adopted. 

Report on Sunday Schools : — By C. A. Chandler and remarks 
by J. H. Gibbs. Adopted. 

J. W. Jones announced the Sandy Run Association will meet 
next week, and invited any who could do so to come down and 
visit them. Also mentioned that it would be fine if we could hold a 
joint meeting some time next year in celebrating the one hund- 
redth year for the Green River Association, ,the Mother and the 
fiftieth year for the Daughter, the Sandy Run Association, and 
left us and also they to study over the suggestion with view of 
following it up. Dr. M. A. Adams called attention to the serious 
conditions in Europe and suggested special prayer in that connec- 
tion. 

Hymn, "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?" We were dis- 
missed with prayer by Bro. Jones. 



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SECOND DAY— FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1939 

^ ,! : l° A - M -— Meeting was called to order: Hymn "He Lead- 
eth Me' was used, led by Rev. W. W. Rimmer. Robert Early con- 
ducted the devotional and prayer was led by J. M Brown Mb - 
proved pr0ceedi »S s <* Thursday's session were reaTand I ap- 

edWiW r a ? P1 ' e f " te f b , y Rev ' W " C - L >'" ch - follow - 
m^t- r ^ larte . D y W. C. Lynch and also spoken on by Rev J 4 

C. AdopTed. 10 represented "* hospital at Winston-Salem.- N.' 

nP H??? rt m \ K T - U - Work was Presented by Rev. L P Bar- 

whn \Z 10 SP °£ e °" Same and then ca]led on Dr. H B Jenkins 
who spoke on the same subject. Adopted. ™ 8 

Report on Temperance was presented bv Dr M \ Adams 

Sme SP °llonte d d the An CaI !? d °" Rev " W " W " Rimmer *"° sptkHn 
work amount t» w 5T Dg T 18 taken for the Temperance 
work.' $ 1Ch WaS tUmed over t0 Dr - Adams for the 

J RcKKl JSlS S^ next with an able address by Rev. 
the woilf t be -p w S S P™S»> §' lvin S us much information of 
me woik tbeie. We were also favored with two SDecial m.mh»^ 

Adjourned for dinner. 

Afternoon Session 
led by Rev Km'v*^ ^ tbe Stor y-" Pl ' a >' er was 

Bound Sil iSoriM? ,'?,!' '' "5 """to" "Ppolnted « 

ed unanimous* Totfon'of f?^ ** ^ PU1 ' P ° Se Was Vot " 

Plerk R Tw°KeSer M - wl?^ t L ' Geer Was read ^ «» 
H. Hill. W M - U ' work was s Poken on by Mrs. J. 



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ranged for their church budget to help the individual subscribers 
by bearing half the subscription cost for the subscriber. This 
plan we believe is fine and worthy of copying by your church. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEES 

Finance — G. Nanney. Adopted. 

Place and Preacher — W. C. Lynch. Adopted. 

Resolutions — Dr. EL B. Jenkins. Adopted. 

Executive — Adopted. 

Conclusion — On motion of W. W. Rimmer and seconded, the 

entire list of officers were elected to serve another year: R. E. 
Price, Moderator; G. G. O'Neil, Vice-Moderator; C. W. Keeter, 
Clerk; G. Nanney, Treasurer; J. M. Brown, Historian. 

Rev. C. B. Vause, J. J. Tarlton and W. W. Rimmer were ap- 
pointed to confer with the committee from Sandy Run Associa- 
tion in regard to joint meeting next year. Then after singing, 
"God Be With You Till We Meet Again," the meeting was ad- 
journed, to meet next year, the one hundredth year of the Asso- 
ciation with the Rutherfordton First Church, Rutherfordton, N. C. 
Note: This was one of the best and most encouraging 
meetings we have had, harmonious, loads of good things to eat 
had to be carried back home because of the large quantity 
brought out by the good people of Piedmont church. Good in- 
crease in the finances and some increase in membership. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk 
R. E. PRICE, Moderator 

REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

The American people are a reading people. The demand for daily and 
weekly newspapers is tremendous, and it is claimed that the newspaper is 
the greatest influence in the American life. If this is true, our people 
should fully realize the possibilities of developing Christian character 
through the right kind of literature. 

Many of our leaders realize what can be accomplished through the print- 
ed page, and for that reason they are striving to get the "Biblical Recorder," 
"Charity and Children," and other religious papers in every home. These 
papers promote the work of our denomination, in each department of the 
church, and the cooperative program, and we must read these to be an in- 
formed people of our Baptist work. 

There are many books coming from our Baptist Book Store saturated 
with the very Spirit of Christ that will inspire and give courage, and will 
help to bring out the best in young lives. There are few of our churches 
that have libraries, but all of our churches need them, carrying the various 
publications of the Sunday School Board, and a large collection of the best 
religious books, along with our Baptist State papers to be read. 

May we faithfully discharge our duty in providing religious literature, 
based upon the inspired Word of God, for our people, especially our young 
people. 

Respectfully submitted, 
CHARLIE W. WALKER 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

In 1885 the Baptists of North Carolina established the "Baptist Orph- 
anage of North Carolina," which now has two branches — the "Mills Home" 
in Thomasville and the "Kennedy Home" at Kinston. From that date to 
now aid has been given to 4,530 children. During the past year approxi- 
mately 600 children were cared for in the Mills Home and Kennedy Home 
combined. In addition to this, more than 100 children have been cared for 
in their various homes. 

The orphanage receives children between the ages of 2 to 12 and dis- 
misses them according to preparation rather than age. It gives throough 
preparation from the kindergarten through the high school, with special 
emphasis upon vocational training. 

The average cost per child per month in both the Mills Home an dKen- 
nedy Home was $25.57 during the past year. Some think this too high, but 
shoes, food, housing, medicine, education, recreation, and a "Cottage Moth- 
er" to look after the child. 

The Green River Association has not contributed very much toward 
the support of the orphanage this year; some of the churches have not con- 
tributed one cent. If the other Associations of the state have not contri- 
buted more than we have, then the orphanage can not meet the growing 
needs in our state. For in spite of the aid given the state by the Social 
Security Act and other Welfare organizations, the number of appeals and 
applications are increasing rather than decreasing. 

What can we do for the Orphanage ? 

1. We can present the needs of the Orphanage to the Sunday schools 
and church. 

2. Every Sunday school can take an offering each month, observing 
"Orphanage Day," and mail it to the orphanage as soon as it is taken. 

3. We can urge each Sunday school and church to send a big Thanks- 
giving offering this year. 

4. We can make an effort to get every church in our Association to 
send produce to the Orphanage this fall. 

5. We can have at least one organization in the church to clothe a 
child for one year. 

EDITH JOHNSON 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

Jesus went about all Galilee teaching and preaching the gospel of the 
Kingdom and healing all manner of diseases among the people. 

If we compare the public ministry of Jesus with the work of our State 
Mission Board we will readily see that the program of our Mission Secre- 
tary is only following in the footprints of our Lord. I know of no better 
way for Baptists of this Association to stress their work than to catch step 
with every phase of the program as fostered by our State Mission Board: 
Preaching the gospel through seventy-eight state missionaries and two gen- 
eral missionaries; to 154 churches; sponsoring a Sunday School Department 
for the training of those who teach; training union for the upbuilding of 
young Christians; work among the Indians in our state, two missionaries 
giving their lives to this essential work; at Oteen Hospital where are 
wounded and dying soldiers and our Baptist Hospital at Winston-Salem; 
the Orphanages at Thomasville and Kennedy Home; ministerial relief and 
annuity and the Department of Christian Education. 

Realizing that information brings inspiration and that inspiration 
blooms into action we urge pastors and churches to read our Baptist papers 
and teach all the Bible to all their members in order that they may live ac- 
cording to God's will which they will do when enlisted in all the work of His 
great program, Preacking, Teaching, and Healing. 

N. B. PHILLIPS 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

The work of the Home Mission Board is just a part of the task Jesus 
assigned to the Christians in his last words: "Go yet into all the world, and 
preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:14. The field, geographi- 
cally, is the territory of the Southern Baptist Convention, Cuba, Isle of 
Pines and Panama Canal Zone. 

In some of the states the Baptists are not able to meet all the needs 
of their respective states, and the Home Mission Board comes to their 
rescue. 

Two oceans separate us from much of the world, but the oceans are 
being crossed, and foreigners are coming to our Southland in increasing 
numbers. Especially do we find them in Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri. 
The population of many of our cities have a large per cent of foreigners, 
viz: New Orleans, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tampa, etc. This is foreign 
Missions at home. 

The Negro will always be with us. We owe him a debt that we will 
never pay in full. We have 11,000,000 within our borders, and they look 
to us in every hour of need. 

Rescue Work and Good Will Centers are maintained in New Orleans, 
Baltimore and other cities. 

Cuba and Panama have been blessed and the future is promising. 

Church Extension has been a great help to many struggling congrega- 
tions and the reports of the departments amply justify the establishment 
of it. 

An effort to reach the unsaved, evangelism receives major emphasis 
by the Board. 

Summary Of The Work Done 

We have 371 Missionaries working in 756 mission stations. Bibles have 
been distributed, 30,000 sermons preached. Results in part: 5250 have 
accepted Christ and 3835 have been received into th e fellowship of the. 
churches. 

There has been an increase in receipts during the past year. Total 
from all sources, $513,841.80. 

Source of receipts: 1. Per cent of funds from cooperating program. 
2. Income from Mrs. Ida M. Bottom's (Texarcana, Ark.) Trust Fund, 
$55,488.47. 3. Annie W. Armstrong offering of the W. M. Uj. Debt, 
$163,660.89 paid on the principal of the debt last year. 

Your Committee finds it impossible to make a report of the Work of 
the Home Mission Board sufficiently condensed for a place in the Minutes 
of the Association, that is more than a gesture. Your Committee there- 
fore commends to the Association the "Report on Home Missions" found in 
the Minutes of the Southern Baptist Convention for 1939. The Committee 
also recommends the same Report to the Missionary Societies of the 
Churches for a Study Course. 

G. V. TILLEY 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

We feel that the greatest need of Foreign Missions is here, with war 
clouds hanging over the world, we are sure there is nothing that will save 
the world, but the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. So why not do our 
best to get the Gospel to all Nations, and hasten the coming of our Lord. 

Let us first give ourselves to the Lord. Then our gifts. 

Let every one of God's children pray for our Missionaries, and for the 
work they are doing, as the Psalmist has said, Ask of me and I will give, 
thee, the Heathen, for thine inheritance. 

Truly Jesus said in his commission to the Disciples, Go yet therefore, 
and teach all Nations, baptising in the name of the Father, and the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost. 



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™i J ^ S T firSt Said Come ' then He said Go. As D. L Moodv said Cod 

more blessed to give, than to receive » ' Jt 1S 

^ Surely you and I can hear the call, Come over into Macedonia and help 

The Foreign Mission Board now has 419 Missionaries and 1089 na ti^ 

n kerS ?\? e thirt " en forei ^ n entries in wuSTS ^operatog OnThele 
mission fields are 1774 churches of whiVh in*Q oJ! 7i dLi "S- yn mese 

3046 out-stations. Thes e C churches""* loSl ^£» & 9^ 
During the past year 16,207 united with these churcheTby baptim ' 

th» ?™ j?™ Pe I ty l0SS ? S in Ja P an ' s undeclared war in China have reached 
the appalling figure of at least $600,000.00, and the end is not yet eaC " ed 

praye? tor ourMissionarie? ' 8 ' '* "* ™ & Bapt ' St <*><* Unite *"***«* 

R. G. MELTON 
REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

^^X^L^^^^^^^Z % fraught with 

reach larger numbers and tokadthZ,^? WOrk • t< L help Sunda y sch °°ls 
thev render R„t- t„ , » tnem to be m ore efficient in the serviee 

quir y esTraS;d B o U fflce rs e and%rcher P s eOP,e "* t0 d ° mOTe effectivewoTre! 

the JromoUon^f^Snf 800 '^ 011 mUSt therefore ^ ive ">°« attention to 

Iast™Tan7eight ^'SShlffif 1 ,;™?. 1 " the Association this 
through the Bu^bSmjSm^^^V^S 11 W ° rked and planned 
interest aroused in organizatfon of h» J haS . been quite a bit ot new 

meet^gs^he^t Say IT^T^Z feoT^f ™» 
of this organization is to build bireer^ri l™L fm ?' , M Q The purpose 
through inspiration and infoZatiom efflClent Sunda y schools 

C. A. CHANDLER 
REPORT ON BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

States" 6 KaTeT total STcSfSM "«** " Southe ™ 
were treated in these last year ° apaClty of 3 ' 000 - Ab °"t 100,000 patients 

or nothing. ere Service P^'ents, that is, they paid little 

About 90 per cent of these came from outside Winston-Salem 

UL\ a f 1 ^ren e rS *&*&R oTof tSesT fT Wh ° *« 

blessed to return to their more than 3,000 cWWren ^ ' aSt year Were 

mlni^rdlt^fmr JlTf SS w^f^fAc^ ™ a " d 

durjg Lst^ear ^,17? ™J^lg&!*%L V ^ **"*» rendered 
free service staff. service. We have 42 specialists on our 



10 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



The hospital has a staff of 82 nurses— 51 are students in training. The 
Nurses Training School could accept only 16 in its September class— these 
have already been selected from a little more than 500 applications. 

It is interesting to note that these patients come from almost every 
county in the state. A fair idea can be obtained any day by a check-up of 
any of the large wards. A few days ago it was demonstrated that the 
seven patients in a ward were an average of 102 miles from home. 

It is little less than a tragedy that during the past year the hospital 
has been compelled to turn away more than 2,000 patients for the lack of 
room During the year, it is estimated that 1,000 patients m Winston- 
Salem, who coucl pay their bills, were turned away in order that the hos- 
pital might take those who could not pay a hospital bill. 

Plans 8 re going forward to immediately add 100 more bed space to 
the hospital, giving the hospital a bed capacity of 212 This will enable the 
hospital to treat 8,000 patients each year. This ought not to be a diffic ult 
task lor a denomination comprising a membership of almost a half million 
—one-half the entire membership of all denominations of our State, toi 
the expense of caring for these multitudes of sick who cannot pay we > must 
look largely to the Mother's Day offering and free donations of the hospital 
linen by the W. M. IX. and other church organizations. ^ ^ LyNCH 

REFOKT ON B. T. U. WORK 
Many churches have learned, and others are fast learning, that in ord- 
er to have efficient leadership we must have a trained ministry; thus sev- 
eral theological seminaries have been established m the bounds of the Sou- 
thrn Baptiit Convention. We are coming more and more to realize that 
we need not only a trained leadership but a trained membership as well. 
^ order to meet this need, the Baptist Training Union has been establish- 
ed and maintained. The B. T. IX. is to the church member what the sem- 
hirV is"o ?he young preacher. It is the training camp for so diers m the 
Lord's Army Our Association has made much progress in the B. T U 
wrrkthit rear Last year we reported six churches with 16 organizations 
Id an enfohment of 500 This year we report 11 churches with 36 organi- 
zations and an enrollment of 740. This shows a gain of five .churches 20 
or^n4aUons and 240 members. During the year 10 churches have held 
trfmhfs courses with a total enrollment of 781, and 300 awards were given. 
T lis Report sounds good until we remember that there are 18 churches in 
our^SSatlon^ith no training organization at all. May God hasten the 
day tvhenlvefy church will have its training camp, and every Baptist be 
a trained Baptist. ^ p BARNETTE 

REPORT ON RELIEF AND ANNUITY 
Our Relief and Annuity Board is the youngest child in the Baptist f am- 
ilv The first report of our Board was made to the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention "in llli, which makes this report of our work now twenty-one years 
old In a very real sense we may say that our Relief and Annuity Board 
S«q W ^become of are" We spea kof a young man as having "become 
o ! age" whenTe reach! the age^of 21. So our Relief and Annuity ^Board 
has leached a degree of maturity that its judgment is to be trusted the 
tat JrttS of the Board in the handling of funds, and building of relief and 
annuity contracts has been well demonstrated. 

The Board has grown in these twenty-one years from assets of $106 - 
428 53 to assets of $4,603,901.69. During this period it has paid out in 
benefits $3 560 690.21 It has received in earnings on investments $3 076,- 
69^80 in these 21 years, which shows the power of money to work for the 
T , Sd when liven an opportunity, and also shows the wisdom of giving it 
M^g%rtng*&* sam^' period of time there , has been P*£ "P£ 
miums and dues by participating members only $1,469,500.94. Ihis snows 



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Ss at ta 0n our a ho™-t »l« h » T7 tha ,? Mty thousa "d ministers and Baptist Work- 
partSinatine to fh!; n^' C ° f UegeS ' or P hana S es . a "d other institutions are 

|3 S -T S — 3,163 y !B2r!^.3ir&?E 

n^pre^^^^^ 

n«tin« Uri ?f th6 l aSt l ei ^ hteen months much has been done to meet this sit 

r Reiie? a^nnlitrBo^ 2£ £? ST in' thT S^SS 

=e^ Xr^nt^Ttfe s^L^= S S 

HP ya ~« 

fee SS5.^S rt^est- enf, ^-^5^ 
B?M»h a" CaSe the P artioi P a tmg member dies before reachfnV are 

serva A n S ts a o m t a fT°.L aP ^ yin f : the / pirit of Christ to the care of our worn out 

CHAS. B. VAUSE 

REPORT ON W. M. U. 
Number of Societies 11, number of churches 29, members of W M U 
33o, members of Y. W. A. 132, members of G. A 119 members of q R ' «£' 
members of R. A 74, number of miles traveled 122 nuXof letters writ' 

Or. 6 ' T mbei ; ° f C ^ dS WriUen 25 ' societies organized 2 Yountpeope's 
Organizations 1 number of societies represented at Association^ meet nl 
5, number of tithers 86, subscribers to Royal Service 80 subscribers Ith 
heal Recorder 51, subscribers to WindoJ 17, subscribe™ to'worid Com-' 

During the past year we have laid especial stress on Mission Studv 
There have been 18 study classes reported and several which were not re" 
If £ , W ™ ^? re TT fo J tun ate in having three workers who were sent out bv 

OnW^mf7Fi, he l dqUaTterS - ThGy did much Sooa spiritually Y 

Only $1016.74 has been reported but this amount would reach $1 500 00 

if a 1 reports were in. The Personal Service work in the Association U 

weak, but much Personal Service has been done. Association is 

_ MRS. J. L. GEER 

tt 4 FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

L ^?9„ A F ^ anCe Committee hav e in hand for Minutes and Clerk s-rv~ 
for Clerk se^e.^ reC ° mmend * 50 - 00 for P^ting the Minutes and $25 00 

Committee, 

GUILFORD NANNEY 
FRED M. NANNEY 
R. LEDBETTER 
J. B. FLYNN 
J. H. HILL 



12 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



TREASURER'S REPORT 

Receipts for the Green River Association: 

For Minutes and Clerk Service $ 77.95 

For Cooperative Program 18.90 

For Grover Matheny 22.73 

For Dry Cause 9.44 

For Red Cross . 8.79 

Total $137.81 

Disbursements : 

To Printing Minutes $ 50.00 

To Clerk 25.00 

To Cooperative Program 18.90 

To Grover Matheny 22.73 

To Red Cross 8.79 

To Dry Cause 9.44 

To R. E. Price, current expenses 2.21 

Total $137.07 

Balance .74 

Grand Total $137.81 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer 

RESOLUTIONS 

Resolved, That we, the delegates of the Green River Association hereby 
desire to express our most sincere appreciation and thanks to the Pied- 
mont Baptist Church for their generous hospitality and kindness, and splen- 
did entertainment shown to each and every one of us during the two day 
session of this, our ninety-ninth session of this historic Association. 
Respectfully submitted for the Committee, 

REV. EDWARD B. JENKINS 
REV. CHARLES WALKER 
G. H. HEMPHILL 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

We, your committee recommend that the following names constitute 
the Executive Committee for the ensuing year: R, E. Price, chairman; C. 
W. Keeter. J. M. Brown, Guilford Nanney, E. P. White, L. P. Barnette, J. J. 
Tarlton and Frank Jackson. 

J. H. GIBBS 
W. W. RIMMER 
W. B. WILSON 



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©htiuarg 

BIG LEVEL— Mr. John Hicks. 

MOR R ? A He„ C "^n EL - MrS - ^^ Ly " Ch ' Mr - »«* <*■*«*, Mrs. J. 
CANE CREEK-Mrs. Laura Burnette, Mr. E. W. Nelon 
CHIMNEY ROCK-Dovie Ledbetter. 

Z^t?- J - R Sp,aWn> MiSS HeIe " *<*">«• 
S "I"' Buth Ear1 ^ Mrs " EU - D^^ale. 

MILL SPRING-Mrs. Fannie Jones, Mrs. Monroe Jones 

MON oTea f t D o tt C ° VE - Mr - W — ™^ Sr^, Miss 

MOUNT A VERNON K M MrS K ASeS ^^ ** Ge ^ e **"*■ 

PLEASANT GROVE (P)_Mrs. Martha Crain. 

PLEA ^ T mLL ~ Mr - °- & C —- - Mrs. F. A. S ims , Mrs. Joe 

ROCK SPRING— Mr. R. E. Whiteside. 

KUTHERFORDTON (First)-M, W. A. Karri,,, M, Andrew Free- 

SPINDALE (First)-Miss Mary Burgess 

SILVER CREEK-Mrs. Lizzie Fow,er, Mr. Jackson Newman. 



HISTORY OF PIEDMONT CHURCH 

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Pleasant Hill Church that year The rib V Association was held at 
church property was va Led at $1000 ThP5 "?S 62 members - The 
Sunday school expenses $6.52 minute fund Jon P^ tors u salary was $25, 
$34.84. * ' mmute ±u nd $1.20, other objects $2.12 total 

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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



One Hundredth Session 

HELD WITH 

First Baptist Church of Rutherf ordton 

October 3-4 

1940 






Next Session To Be Held With 

HICKORY GROVE CHURCH 

Thursday, October 2, 1941 

And With 

CALVARY CHURCH 

Friday, October 3, 1941 






MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



«^s 



One Hundredth Session 

HELD WITH 

First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton 

October 3-4 

1940 



OS-r^ip^O 



Next Session To Be Held With 

HICKORY GROVE CHURCH 

Thursday, October 2, 1941 

And With 

CALVARY CHURCH 

Friday, October 3, 1941 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ASSOGIATIONAL^DIREGTORY 

" . . OFFICERS 

R. E. Price, Moderatr_______ 

J. H. Gibbs, Vice-Moderator""" """" —-Rutherfordton, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk ~~"~ " ~"~~ MlH S P rin S s > N. C. 

Guilford Nanney, Treasurer- " ———~~ ——-Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. M. Brown, Historian — — — Chimney Rock, N. C. 

. Nealsville, N. C. 

Mrs T w Mill q ■ , ASSO€I ATlONAL W. M. U. 

Mis. J. H. Hill, Superintendent-, 

Spindale, N. C. 

C. A. Chancier, Superintend^* SCH °° LS R , th , M 

Rev. W C ^^^^^^ONTLBrTrurMBEcfgr 6 ^^ 1011 ' N ' C ' 
• j Rutherfordton, N. C, Route 3 



The Officers and W. E, Sweatt E. P. White, Chas. Walker and 
R. U Crawford 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. E. Sweatt, E. P. White, C 
R. L. Crawford 

n xr « , „ INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1941 

C. N. Royal, Rutherfordton; Alternate, Charles Walker, Forest City 

MESSENGERS 

Big Level— Pharris Bailey and Roland Ruppe. 
S?n> a ^~ J ' L - Smith and w - c - Panther. 

^^&2£Zb£FJSS£* Gordon McDanie1 ' 

Chimney Rock— G. Nanney, John Daltoii and W n r*nm*^ 

ffiSSS^cSE^ W H W P \Hr™ Worttlur geS , 

M ° Unt F T:ern7 Z - R Freema "> LaXt0n «« John Goforth and Zehna 
Oak Springs— George Geer and Thadus Pendererass 

£ea m^ T- r" 1 ' X ,f Flynn and "S 
pfeas^nt 8 ^;. ;m arS ^' and Thu ™an Johnson 

PwSt grove R ~H b' Emo'tt"? 7 ' f V T LfU i ghter and Clarence Bailey. 
Piney Knob-J. J Llton Arthur A^^L? L W S" 1 G - W ' Catham - 
Pleasant HUI-t/t Sv O H m ^ Luther Hensle y- 
Round Hill— V T Cooner w 'rT'tT ' ?„•,*£, Harns and ola Lovelace. 

C. Y. Nanney ' ' D ' K °° n ' W ' R Cmart ' Mra - T - L. Walker and 

Rn?w f Pri ? t gS ~~?f H ' Whitesides and O. D. Early 
RUthe M°r r f g/SLL*- Tarlt ° n ' K - H - McEn «-' M -- «■ 8- Flack and 

l^k^y a»«-iS3fe^ K Yeiton and — *■ * ««'• 

West Poant-A. S. Scoggin, M. Gilbert an^Marion Camp. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



COMMITTEES 



FINANCE 



Guilford Nanney, Chairman 
Worth Burgess S. K. Yelton J. L. Hodge J. H. Gibbs 

PLACE AND PREACHER (Next Session) 

W. C. Lynch Laxton Hamrick Rev. E, P, White 

NOMINATIONS (To Suggest Associational Officers) 

Rev. L. P. Barnett T. T. Frady W. W. Rimmer 

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE 

Chas. Walker R. G. Melton G. A. Callahan 

THANKS (To Thomas ville and Christmas to Alexander Schools, Inc.) 

C. W. Keeter Mrs. Hicks Hill Zolan Clements 

Mrs. C. C. Lovelace, J. M. Brown 

COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE CALVARY CHURCH CREDENTIALS 

T. M. Hester J. D. Morris C. N. Royal 

CHURCH COVENANT 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord 
Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been 
baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 
we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly 
and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in 
Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, 
holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain 
its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and 
regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the re- 
lief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations. 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously 
educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; 
to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in 
our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, 
backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxi' 
eating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the 
kingdom of our Savior. 

We further engage to watch over one another in brothely love; to re- 
member each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to 
cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in speech; to be slow 
to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules 
of our Savior to secure it without delay. 

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as 
soon as possible, units with some other church, where we can carry out the 
spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



DECLARATION OF FAITH 

I. Of the Scriptures 

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired 
and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction: that it has God for its 
author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for 
its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and 
therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of 
Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, 
creeds, and opinions should be tried. 

II. Of The True God 

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infi- 
nite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme 
Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy 
of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead 
there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in 
every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the 
great work of redmepeion. 

III. Of the Fall of Man 

We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his 
Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; 
in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but 
by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively 
inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, with- 
out defense or excuse. 

IV. Of the Way of Salvation 

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the 
mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, 
freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law 
by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our 
sms; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and 
uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine per- 
fections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an 
all-sufficient Savior. 

V. Of Justification 

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such 
as believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of 
sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is 
bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have 
done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which 
faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings 
us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every 
other blessing needful for time and eternity. 

VI. Of the Freeness of Salvation 

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the 
Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept by a cordial, penitent, 
and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest 
sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of 
the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. 

VII. Of Grace in Regeneration 

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or 
born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the 
mind; that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, by the power 
of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our volun- 
tary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the 
holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



VIII. Of Repentance and Faith 

We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also in- 
separable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; 
whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and 
of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, 
confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving 
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him 
alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. 

IX. God's Purpose of Grace 

We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to 
which he graciously regenerates, sanctities, and saves sinnexs; that being 
peifectly consistent witn the free agency of man, it comprenenas all tnc 
means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of Gods 
sovereign goodness, being infinitely tree, wise, fioly, and unchangeable; that 
11 utterly excludes boasting, and promotes nurmnty, love, player, praise, 
tiust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the 
use oi means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects 
m an wno truly believe the gospel; that it is tne foundation or unnstian as- 
suiance; and tnat to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and de- 
serves tne utmost diligence. 

X. Of Sanctification 

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which according to the 
will or God, we are made partakers or His holiness; that it is a progressive 
work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on m the hearts 
of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Healer and 
Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially tne word 
oi God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and- prayer. 

XI. Of the Perseverance of Saints 

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; 
that their presevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which dis- 
tinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence 
watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God 
tfirough faith unto salvation. 

XII. Of the Harmony of The Law and The Gospel 

We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule 
of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inabil- 
ity which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises 
entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore 
them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one 
great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the es- 
tablishment of the visible church. 

XIII. Of a Gospel Church 

We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized 
believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; 
observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising 
the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by his word; that its Gnly 
scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, 
claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. 



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XIV. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper 

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a be- 
liever', into the name of the Father and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth 
in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen 
Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; 
that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's 
Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread 
and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded 
always by solemn self-examination. 



XV. Of the Christian Sabbath 

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Chris- 
tian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining 
from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of 
all the means of grace both private and public; and by preparation for that 
rest that remaineth for the people of God. 



XVI. Of Civil Government 

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the in- 
terests and good of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed 
for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to 
the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, 
and the Prince of the kings of the earth. 



XVII. Of the Righteous and the Wicked 

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the 
righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in 
the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly 
righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and un- 
belief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds 
among men both in and after death. 



XVIII. Of the World to Come 

We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last 
day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to 
final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the 
wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment and the righteous to endless 
joy; and that this judgment, will fix forever the final state of men in heaven 
or hell, on principles of righteousness. 



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PROCEEDINGS 



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1940 

10:00 A. M. — The one hundredth session of the Green River 
Baptist Association was called to order by R. E. Price, Moderator. 
Hymns, "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name" and "I Am Thine 
O Lord" were sung, led by C. W. Keeter, Mrs. J. L. Geer at the 
piano. The devotional service was led by Rev. L. R. Crawford, 
using- the 43rd Psalm. Rev. J. A. Brock of Spindale and Rev. 
W. V. Tarlton of Cliff side, leading the two prayers. 

The program arranged for the session was read and approv- 
ed. 

Report on Religious Literature, by J. J. Tarlton, who yielded 
time to David Morgan who was representing the Biblical Record- 
er and spoke on theadvantages of good literature and of inform- 
ing ourselves about our Baptist work. 

Hymn, "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less Than Jesus 
Blood," congregation standing. 

Report on Orphanage, by Rev. Charles Walker, which was 
followed by an able address by Dr. I. G. Greer, the head of our 
Thomasville Orphanage. We were all thrilled at his message. 
Rev. C. C. Crow led in prayer. 

Recognition of visitors: C. C. Crow, J. A. Brock, W. V. 
Tarlton and B. M. Strickland, of the Sandy Run Association; M. 
A. Riser, of Carolina; W. D. Bostic, Kings Mountain; C. W. Pick- 
ering, Central; Harry Bean, Columbus; J. R, Cantrell of Boiling 
Springs College. 

Hymn, "He Leadeth Me" was used, after which Rev. C. B. 
Vause and his alternate, W. W. Rimmer came to the rostrum. W. 
W. Rimmer read first chapter Paul's second letter to Timothy, 
followed by sermon, by C. B. Vause. 

Committees appointed. Prayer by W. W. Rimmer and ad- 
journment for dinner. 

Afternoon Session 

Hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Rev. Dewey 
Hodge conducted the devotional service, using 103rd Psalm. Rev. 
A. P. Sorrels led the prayer. 

Calvary Baptist Church, organized during 1940 applied for 
membership in the Green River Association, and the committee 
on examination report by T. M. Hester for the committee was 
favorable and they were unamiously accepted as member. 



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Report on Hospital by N. B. Phillips was followed by an ad- 
dress by Smith Hagaman, Supt. Baptist Hospital. 

Report on Missions, Cooperative Program. 
State Missions, by W. W. Rimmer. 
Home Missions, by R. G. Melton. 
Foreign Missions, by G. V. Tilley. 

Address by M. A. Huggins, General Secretary Baptist State 
Convention. Dismissed with prayer, led by M. A. Huggins. 

Evening Session— Anniversary Program 

7:30 — We were favored by two musical numbers by Miss 
Lillian Nanney at the pipe organ, followed by all singing "On- 
ward Christian Soldiers." 

Devotional and Welcome — Rev. C. N. Royal, pastor First 
Baptist Church of Rutherford ton. 

Five Minute Greetings: Sandy Run Association, Dr. W. A. 
Ayers, Moderator; Blue Ridge Association, Rev. G. A. Condrey for 
Moderator; Kings Mountain Association, Rev. J. W. Suttle, Mod- 
erator; M. A. Huggins for Baptist State Convention. 

History of Green River W. M. U. — Mrs. W. W. Nanney. 

Sermon — Dr. E, Gibson Davis, pastor First Baptist Church 
of Spartanburg, S. C. 

All agree that this was the greatest day in every way that 
the Association has ever experienced. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1940 

10:00 A. M. — Meeting was called to order. Mrs. W. C. Logan 
of Forest City at the pipe organ. After special number and the 
Doxology, Dr. Hoit Blackwell, president of Mars Hill College, led 
the prayer. Hymn, "Come Thou Fount" was sung. Rev. W. C. 
Lynch led the devotional and prayer led by Rev. R. G. Melton. 

Rev. C. C. Matheny of Shelby, and now pastor of Piedmont 
Church was welcomed back to our Association. 

Report on Christian Education by W. E. Sweatt and greet- 
ings from the Alexander home and school. Dr. Hoit Blackwell 
and also Rev. J. R. Cantrell gave us able addresses on Christian 
Education. 

Report on Sunday Schools, by C. A. Chandler. Spoken on 
by Rev. C. N. RoyaL 

Sermon by Rev, L. P. Barnette, "New Testament Evange- 
lism," Scripture John 14-10, was an outstanding message and is 
much needed in these days. 

Adjourned for dinner. Prayer led by C. W. Walker. 



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Afternoon Session 

1:15 P. M. — Hymns, "More About Jesus" and "He Is So 
Precious to Me," were used. E. P. White led the devotional, 
scripture, Phillippians 4. 

Report on W. M. U. work by Mrs. J. H. Hill. Splendid ad- 
dress on same by Mrs. C. N. Royal. 

Temperance Report, by Rev. M. A. Adams, followed by able 
address from him after which an offering was taken for the 
cause, amount $5.20 was contributed. 

Discussion of financial aid to Boiling Springs College was 
next. Rev. W. W. Rimmer was appointed to head the work in. 
the Association in trying to secure financial aid for the college. 
Rev. L, P. Barnette released. 

V. T. Cooper was appointed to represent the Biblical Re-, 
corder in the Association. 

Resolution by W. C. Lynch for the Association going on re- 
cord approving the State Temperance work and petitioning the 
next Legislature for a chance to have the state vote on whiskey 
question was adopted. 

A most helpful pageant by the Round Hill B. T. U. was pre- 
sented on B. T. TJL work for every church. Special music by 
Mrs. Stanley Garrett. 

Reports of Committees: History, Obituary, Finance, Nom- 
inations, Resolutions, Place and Preacher. All adopted. 

Brother T. C. Smith of Rutherfordton, celebrated his 80th 
birth anniversary on October 3, and received the recognition and 
congratulations of the Association, also Rev. A. P. Sorrels of Gil- 
key, who has held pastorates 21 years. Moderator -of the Green 
River Association for three years and Clerk 30 years. About 
twelve or fifteen other men and women present who had been 
attending the Association for fifty years or more were congratu- 
lated on their long and useful lives. 

Information 

The Association has met with the following churches dur- 
ing the service of the present Moderator and Clerk: Mt. Vernon 
1929, Bill's Creek 1930, Piney Knob 1931, Columbus 1932, Moun- 
tain Creek 1933, Pleasant Hill 1934, Oak Springs 1935, Cooper's 
Gap 1936, Montford Cove 1937, Round Hill 1938, Piedmont 1939 
and Rutherfordton, First 1940. 

After singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," we 
were dismissed with prayer, to meet in 1941, Thursday before 
the first Sunday in October, first day with Hickory Grove church, 
Polk county, and with Calvary Church on the second day. 

R. B. PRICE, Moderator 
C. W. KEETTER. Clerk 



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REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

In a war-torn world where the teachings of Christianity in many cases 
are barred and where hate is taught on all sides, there is a greater need for 
Christian education than there has ever been in the world. Young people 
in many countries are not only not taught Christian ideals, but m many 
cases are taken from their parents and taught that the state comes first — 
that their whole duty is the building up of the state. The ideals instilled in 
them are anything but Christian and in many cases the teachings are Athe- 
istic. 

In this country we are very fortunate in still having our freedom, in 
being able to worship God as we please, and being able to try to train our 
young people that they may not only learn the teachings of Christ, but fol* 
low them in their lives. In Matthew 28: 19-20 we have "Go ye therefore, 
and teach ail nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatso- 
ever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the 
end of the world." 

In general education has been accepted as being very desirable for the 
people of all nations. Nations whose people are educated have shown great- 
er progress. The better showing of China today is in large part due to 
greater progress in education. In the dictator countries, however, this is 
not quite so true and there is less stress laid on education except of a very 
specific type which is in no case Christian. 

Our Democracy was founded on Christianity. Any democracy to suc- 
ceed must be built o n an educated people. Particularly must our leaders 
be educated in order that they may guide the people wisely. It is also de- 
sirable for the people generally to be educated in order that they may be 
able to think for themselves and not be led astray by false leaders. 

Education in itself, however, is not sufficient. We have seen examples 
of this in many instances. One nation in particular has almost no illiteracy 
and many of its leaders are among the most highly educated people in the 
world and yet that nation has taught its people to believe that "Might is 
Right." Wars of aggression have been frequent and as ruthless as any 
barbarian tribe with no enlightment whatever. 

Sometimes people think of Christian education as limited to our denom- 
inational colleges and yet, I am sure, we all realize that Christian education 
must start in the home with the children where training is more effective 
than in later years. It is generally believed that this is not practiced to as 
great an extent in our own country as it was in former generations and we 
believe that more stress should be laid on this. The home is the foundation 
of our civilization and we must not allow it to be broken down. 

Our Sunday schools are doing a splendid work. The number enrolled 
in them is very gratifying. The training of the teachers has been greatly 
improved as well as the methods of presentation. The efficiency of this 
training is evidenced by the fact that we find so large a part of those com- 
ing into the church come from the Sunday school. 

Along with the Sunday school, and supplementing it, is the B. Y. P. U. # 
which had done, and is doing, such a splendid work in training our young 
people to become Christian leaders. One can see on all sides the effect of 
this training when we observe the way in which our young people are able 
to take a lead in church and community work. In spite of the things that 
have come to change our living conditions so radically, there is today among 
our young people in nearly all walks of life a desire to know more about 
Christ and His teachings; and many are not only living true Christian lives, 
but are devoting much effort and thought to teach others this way of life. 
This is quite evident to those of us who are in school work. 

It is necessary that we have educated leaders and our state is blessed 



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with many schools and colleges for this purpose. We have a great many 
denominational schools for both girls and boys, and the Baptists are parti- 
cularly strong in this respect. Our denominational schools in North Caro- 
lina are doing an excellent work and seem to be in good condition. The 
faculties seem well trained and the attendance at these institutions is good. 
The graduates from these institutions have had a great influence on the de- 
velopment of our state and in carrying our Christian teachings to other parts 
of the world. In connection with our college training we have also B. S. U., 
which is doing a wonderful work and more devoted and conscientious young 
people cannot be found anywhere than among this group. This serves as a 
tie between the students and the college church and has been very effective 
in college communities. While this is comparatively new work, it xa an ef- 
fective organization and the enthusiasm of the group speaks well for its 
continued usefulness. 

More and more is it becoming evident that we cannot expect the min- 
ister to do the whole work, but that more and more the laymen have a re- 
sponsibility and in order that their work be effective they must be better 
trained for the work. If we are to maintain Christianity in this country 
and carry it to other nations, it can only be done by the proper training of 
our youtn and too much thought and effort cannot be devoted to this worn. 

W. E. SWEATT. 
REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

The orphanage operates two homes, the Mills Home at Thomasville, and 
the Kennedy Home at Kinston. The administrative office, with I. G. Greer, 
General Superintendent, and R. D. Covington, Treasurer, is located at Thom- 
asville The Social Service Department, under the supervision of Miss Hat- 
tie Edwards, is administered from the main office at Thomasville. J. C. 
Hough is Superintendent of the Kennedy Home, Kinston, Route 2. 

Perhaps no other orphanage in all the world is bound up so much with 
the Sunday schools as ours. Almost from the beginning our chief support 
has come from the once a month collections from the Sunday schools. There 
are 2454 Sunday schools in North Carolina. If each one of these schools 
would take a collection and send it in monthly it would enable the treasurer 
to pay all obligations promptly. 

The children who compose the population of the Baptist Orphanage of 
North Carolina may be classified under three heads: Full orphans, half 
orphans and victims of desertion and wrecked homes. These children are 
being cared for by three well recognized methods of child caring agencies: 
Mothers Aid, Boarding Homes, and the Orphanage proper. In addition to 
these our case workers are rendering a fine service by helping children and 
parents make adjustments with their neighbors and relatives. 

Children are received between the ages of 2 and 12, and dismissed ac- 
cording to preparation rather than age. The demands upon the orphanage 
authorities have never been greater. They receive an average of 45 appli- 
cations every month during the year. 

The past year was one o f the best in the history of the orphanage, but 
imperative needs continue to increase. The care of the orphan child was 
intrusted to us by Christ Himself. We cannot shun this Christian respon- 
sibility and claim to be practicing "pure religion." 

We suggest as a goal for the association for next year: A monthly 
contribution from each church or Sunday school, gifts of produce in season, 
a real Thanksgiving offering in November, and a club of Charity and Child- 
ren in each Sunday school. In order to reach this goal we recommend that 
an orphanage representative be appointed by this body to contact every 
Sunday school and church in the association. "Inasmuch as ye have done it 
unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." 

CHARLIE W. WAJLKER. 



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REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

Literature exerts a tremendous influence upon those who read. It not 
only provides recreation and information, but determines largely our think- 
ing and conduct. Character grows by what it feeds upon. Salacious litera- 
ture tends to lower the morals of those who read it; Christian Literature 
helps to build fine and nobler character. It raises moral standards wher- 
ever it is read. 

There is today an abundance of Religious Literature available at prices 
within the reach of most of our people. Through our Baptist Book Store 
we can secure Bibles, books of sermons, biographies of Christian leaders, 
books on Missions and religious fiction at very reasonable prices. In fact, 
any literature that inspires one to better living is cheap at any price; while 
that which degrades is too expensive if given away. 

In addition to books, we have a wealth of Sunday school, W. M. U. and 
B. T. U. literature from which we may becmo well informed of our denom- 
inational work, and in addition, be inspired and chhallenged to undertake 
more for our Master. From our orphanage comes Charity and Children 
filled each week with the highest type of worth-while material for our in- 
formation. The Biblical Recorder, now the official organ of the State Con- 
vention, is bringing to its readers in forceful fashion, the entire program of 
Southern Baptists. I do not believe an intelligent Baptist family can spend 
two dollars in any way that will bring richer returns to that family, than 
to subscribe to, and read, the Biblical Recorder. 

With all this desirable Christian Literature available at such reasonable 
prices, Baptists should all be urged to secure and read more of it. 

J. J. TARLTON. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

Ctate Missions has for its object the preaching of the gospel to the poor 
and destitute, assisting weak churches, and the establishment of churches 
in centers of influence where there is a probability that by and by they 
will become self-sustaining. 

The demands upon our State Mission Board grow greater as we go 
along. But this is encouraging rather than discouraging. Our state is 
growing, and fields are ever opening. We are glad that the board has been 
able to meet these growing demands and at the same time take care of the 
old obligations. 

During the past year, under the leadership of the kindly Secretary, 
i Mr. M. A. Huggins, the work has gone forward with great success. There- 
| for he deserves our full and hearty cooperation. 

W. W. RIMMER. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

The Divine program includes the world. God so loved the world that 
He gave his Son to die for it. Jesus gave a parting command to the early 
disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 
Baptists claim the entire Bible as authority, hence the world is our field. 
It should be said in justice to our people, that this part of our work makes 
a strong appeal when correctly presented. 

We Southern Baptist Convention have succeeded in sending heralds of 
the cross to parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and the South- 
em part of our own continent. 

In the reports of 1939, we have 1883 churches in these countries, 1180 



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of which are self-supporting. In addition to these, the gospel is preached 
at 3269 stations where it has not seemed wise to organize churches. 

Last year our missionaries baptized 18,000 converts. The present mem- 
bership is 236,265. There are 1497 houses of worship owned by the Board 
or natives. Sunday schools number 2412, with 114,155 pupils. These church- 
es last year contributed $ 405,603 for the support of the work. We have 
on the field at present 455 missionaries, 992 ordained native workers, and 
1908 unordained native workers. Heaven alone can show the results of the 
Foreign Mission efforts since the Board was organized in Augusta, Ga., in 
1845. During these ninety-five years, thousands of people have been re- 
generated and gone to glory who otherwise would have been eternally lost. 
God said "Go," and "I am with you always," and He has been with us. 

The Cooperative Program receipts, in funds, in 1939 from all sources 
was $1,149,251.87. The Baptists of North Carolina are credited with $53,- 
119.68. 

Many of our Missionaries are in the home land, some taking a much 
needed rest, some have resigned, and some who have spent their best years 
in foreign lands which they love, are waiting to be called up higher. 

For several years the Board has carried a large debt. This has been 
handled so as not to hinder the work. In May of tnis year (1940) the debt 
stood at $245,000.00. Seven years ago the indebtedness was $1,110,000.00. 
Thus progress has been made. 

For 1939 the Woman's Missionary Ujnion contributed for the Lottie 
Moon Christmas Offering $330,424.70, more than twice the amount contri- 
buted eight years before. This generous offering has enabled the Board to 
reinforce the work in all fields. 

The terrible war that is raging in nearly all the mission fields, slaugh- 
tering men, women and children, and destroying property and means of 
livelihood, this inferno on earth, has created world-wide chaos. God is still 
on His throne, and the remedy for mankind is the crucified Christ, Foreign 
Missions! The enterprise is great, world-wide in its sphere, and eternal m 
its accomplishments. Surely He has been with us. 

G. V. TILLEY. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

We must make the religion of Jesus triumphant at home, if we would 
make it triumphant abroad. 

The Home Misson Board is giving itself to the task of giving our Christ 
to our country. It is therefore majoring on preaching the gospel among 
the Indians, the foreigners, and the Negroes, in our own country, and in 
Cuba and Panama. 

This has been a great year for Home Missions. The Lord has richly 
blessed our 411 missionaries working in our 8 63 mission stations. During 
the year we have added 40 new missionaries to the force, opening 93 new 
mission stations. 

During the year our home missionaries have dis tributed 40,362 Bibles, 
Testaments, and portions of Scripture, and 660,847 tracts. 

The missionaries have preached 34,008 sermons, and led over 9,000 
precious souls to accept Christ as their Saviour, and have been received into 
tne many churches. 

As to the financial condition of our Home Mission Board, this has been 
a good year, if not one of the best. The Board has received from all sources 
in 1939, $544,289.04. This is an increase over last year. The treasurer's 
report shows that $159,585.15 was paid on the principal of our debt. Bas- 
our gifts on 1939, our debt on the Home Mission Board can be taken care 
or by 1945. 

With all of these souls saved, with our debt decreased each year, let us 
take courage in the work of the Home Mission Board with our gifts and 
prayers. 

R. G. MELTON. 



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REPORT FOR WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY 

More than 50 years ago the Woman's Missionary Union started, on its 
uncharted journey. They started not knowing, as you and I know, the 
profitable methods of procedure, they stumbled many times in the dark; yet 
they were doubly concerned with obeying the command, "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel to every creature." We need that spirit today 
which characterized the pioneer women. We need the strong sturdy type 
which shows dtermination and purpose to win. 

We recall to mind those dark days in the life of Mrs. Moon, who by her 
sacrifice and love for China put into the hearts of Southern Baptists the 
idea of a Christmas offering, which continues to increase each year. We 
also remember Mrs. Anne Armstrong, secretary at that time, who in her 
efforts to send out the call for Mrs. Moon lost the use of her right arm writ- 
ing letters. 

As we view our own state, we admirably think of Mrs. Wesly N. Jones 
who served North Carolina as President for twenty years; and untiringly 
working by her side, always ready to serve, was our beloved Mrs. Harris, 
who served up to the time of her death two years ago. 

In considering our Association, we lovingly think of Mrs. A. L. Grayson 
who exemplified uie missionary spirit in her life. So great was- this spirit 
evidenced in her daily walk of life that surely no one was surprised when 
her own daughter, Miss Alda Grayson, offered her service as a missionary 
to the people of China — a life in full service to the King. 

When we think of those who have served and gone on to their reward, 
surely our souls are thrilled and we are inspired to do a better work — a more 
sincere, a more impressive work in carrying out the principles of our former 
leaders. May we endeavor in our hearts to pass the true torch on to our 
young people, who may in turn pass it on to others, until every church in 
the Green River Association is lighted with the missionary spirit of our 
Saviour. It is our task to pass to those young people in a true and rightful 
spirit this Missionary heritage. We praise God for the number who have 
caught this spirit and are going forward in spite of discouragement — glad 
to sacrifice that they may give of their time and their means to fulfill the 
command of the Lord. 

Today the women face a new spoch, and I say again they need the same 
spirit of these pioneers. We have a great organization, far reaching plans 
and adequate departments. The women of the church connected with the 
Southern Baptist Convention still desire to carry out the constitution ad- 
opted in 1888; namely, to stimulate the missionary spirit of the grace of 
giving among the women and young people of the church; to train the young" 
women for Christian service, and to provide scholarships for sons and 
daughters of our missionaries. 

The motto or watchword during the early years of the Union was "Go 
Forward," and as the love of Christ constrained the members to a loyal 
response to the great Commission the Union has gone forward. 

There gradually developed the need of definite outline for specific aims, 
which has been incorporated in the plan of work; namely, prayer, enlist- 
ment, mission study, personal service, tithes and offerings, and the mission- 
ary education of our young people. It will be noted that prayer is listed 
first. The first method in the attainment of this aim is the establishment 
of the family altar. The place and power of developing the aims of the 
Woman's Missionary Union are all well known by the members. If the aim 
and watchword each year would be brought up to the standard, what a 
change would be wrought in the affairs of the kingdom. The most neg- 
lected of these aims are the family altar and tithes and offerings. May we 






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pray for more tithers — yet, before we can do this we must ourselves be- 
come tithers. We are asked to give the tithe, but we are asked first to give 
ourselves. He is counting on you. If you fail Him what then? 

We gave for Cooperative Program and W. M. U. specials last year, 
$1,696.48. Of this amount the Young People gave $73.57. 

Miles traveled 280, letters written 57, postal cards sent 55, societies 
organized 2. 

Mrs. W. W. Nanney, Chairman Study Course; Mrs. H. A. Dotson, 
Chairman Mission Study; Mrs. C. N. Royal, Chairman Stewardship; Mrs. 
W. C. Lynch, Chairman Training; Mrs. Jack Tucker, Chairman Literature; 
Mrs. J. W. Bridges, Chairman Young People. 

MRS. J. H. HILL. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE AND PUBLIC M,ORALS 

It is our honest and expressed conviction that the liquor traffic is against 
public policy and good morals and therefore should be prohibited by law, 
and to this end every good citizen should lend their moral aid and never cast 
a ballot for any person or measure that in any way stands for, counten- 
ances or supports the liquor traffic. It is also our honest and expressed 
conviction that social drinking should be discountenanced and banished from 
all social gatnerings of every kind, and that no church member should in 
any way take part in these things. 

We are persuaded t hat drinking by any person is contrary to the 
teachings of God's word and against good health, and therefore should not 
be indulged by any individual at any time. 

We earnestly believe that all of our citizens who believe in the best 
for our country should lend their full aid to accomplish the above things, 
and hence we ask their cooperation to this end. 

We most heartily commend the work of the United Dry Forces of North 
Carolina, the W. C. T. U. and any other organization that may be working 
to this end as worthy of your undivided support and most hearty coopera- 
tion. We ask the people who are interested in this work to support it with 
their personal influence and with their money. 

M. A. ADAMS. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

The last recorded words of Jesus, "Go ye therefore and teach all na- 
tions'' opened the way for organized Baptist Sunday schools, and charged 
them with the responsibility of providing suitable helps for the study and 
teaching of God's Holy Word, to the end that men might be saved and made 
better. 

In the fear of God and for His glory, we would meet the basic biblical 
needs of each and every one of our churches in the training and teaching 
work by supplying Bible and training courses, sound and stimulating litera- 
ture and pe rsonal guidance by experienced and consecrated workers. 

In this one phase of our Associational work, we feel that we are weak, 
as only six Teacher Training Courses were held in the Association in 1939, 
and eight Vacation Bible Schools. There were three enlargement cam- 
paigns conducted this year, which has helped bring up the number enrolled, 
of which there is a gain over last year of 350 in the Association. 

Fourteen Cradle Roll Departments and quite a number of organized 
and registered classes reported. The Green River Sunday School Associa- 
tion meets the first Sunday in each month at 2:30 P. M. 

The purpose of these meetings are to extend and promote better Sun- 
day schools throughout the Association. 

C. A. CHANDLER. 



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HISTORIAN'S REPORT 

The First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton 

Friday, August 1, 1851 the Green River Association convened with the 
Green River Baptist church. The introductory sermon was preached by 
Elder J. S. Grayson, from John 21:16, "Feed My Sheep." Elder J. M. WebD 
was elected Moderator and Elder Bailey Bruce, clerk. The records of this 
session state that the Rutherfordton church was received into the fellow- 
ship of the association, "newly constituted and delegates enrolled", C. J. 
Webb and M. R. Moore. Elder J. M. Webb was pastor of the church. 
Church membership, 23; contributions, 73c. Total membership of the as- 
sociation, 125Y; contributions, $23,47%. 

In 1855 the Rutherfordton church was granted a letter of dismission 
to join the Broad River Association. The church was connected with this 
boay for twelve years. She was received back into the Green River in 18t>y 
where she has been ever since. During these tewelve years with the Broad 
River the writer has access to no record of the church work. 

The Rutherfordton church entertained the Green River Association in 
1871. T. B. and C. B. Justice were pastors of the church and M. H. Justice, 
clerk of the church. The church has grown in membership from 23 to 63. 
During her eight years connection with the Green River Association 13 
souls nave been baptized into the fellowship of the church. Total contri- 
butions, $8.48. 

T. B. Justice was elected Moderator of the Association and C. B. Jus- 
tice, clerk. Elder Lewis McCurry preached the introductory sermon. The 
Baptist church of Piney Knob was received into the fellowship of the assoc- 
iation. 

The church letter of the Silver Creek church was laid on the table be- 
cause she failed to state in her letter that she was carrying out the Temp- 
erance Kesoiution adopted in 1862. 

On Sunday morning Elder J. D. Hufham preached at the Baptist church 
and Elder N. B. Cobb at the Methodist church. The collection for missions 
amounted to $37.50, also a collection for the Yates Chapel in China was tak- 
en amounting to $13.15. On motion of Elder B. E. Rollins the body engaged 
in prayer for Brother Yates and his work in China. Elder J. D. Hufham led 
the prayer. 

The Green River Association met with the Rutherfordton church the 
second time in 1883. C. B. Justice is pastor of the church and R. J. Wil- 
liams, clerk of the church. The church has grown in membership from 63 
to 162, added 54 by baptism. Paid on the pastor's salary, $770; local ex- 
pense, $55; missions, 224. A. L. Grayson is Supt. of the Sunday school, 
ihe school has an enrollment of 102. 

Moderator oi the Association, Elder J. C. Grayson; Clerk, A. L. Rucker; 
Treasurer, Henry Portrum. Elder C. B. Justice preached the introductory 
Leimon, from Isiehemiah 6:3, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot 
come down." 

Visitors recognized: Elder G. W. Rollins, A. A. McSwain, J. B. Bridges 
and Brother A. B. Blanton from the Kings Mountain Association. From the 
South B"ork, Brother J. L. Wilkie and Elder J. K. Faulkner who is represent- 
ing the State Mission Board of Education and the completion of the Lin- 
comton church. From the Catawba Rver, Elder G. W. Harmon represent- 
ing the completion of the Old Fort church. 

Elder P. H. Pernell of Louisburg representing the Home Mission Board; 



18 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Brother J. C. Scarborough, of Raleigh, representing General Education; Eld- 
er W. T. Jordan, of Lumberton, representing the Biblical Recorder; Elder 
O. T. Gregory, Secretary of the Baptist State Convention and Brother J. H. 
Mills, Supt. of the Oxford Orphan Asylum were recognized. 

Queries: From Cane Creek church — Does it advance the cause of 
Christ to constitute a church in the immediate vicinity of other churches ? 
Answer: No. 

From Floyd's Creek Church: Why may not a Deacon of the church 
retire or resign ? 

Brother J. H. Mills knows a number of Deacons who have resigned and 
a number of others who ought to resign. 

Sunday morning Elder G. W. Harman preached at the Methodist church; 
Elder J. C. Grayson, at the Presbyterian; Elder R. D. Mallary, at the Bap- 
tist. Brother A. L. Grayson proposed that a collection be taken to erect a 
monument to the tomb of Elder Wade Hill. The collection amounted to 

$13.08. 

The Green River Association convened with the Rutherfordton church 
the third time in 1891. C. B. Justice is pastor of the church and T. C. Smith 
is clerk. The church membership is now 174. Baptims since 1883, 65. 
Paid on the pastor's salary, $1360; church expenses, $930; missions, $1040. 

Dr. W. L. Lynch is Supt. of the Sunday school. The Sunday school has 
eight officers and teachers, 92 scholars making a total enrollment of 100. 

Dr. M. M. Landrum was elected Moderator of the Association; A. L. 
Rucker, Clerk and A. L. Grayson, Treasurer. 

The choir sang "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood." Dr. M. M. 
Landrum read the 53rd chapter of Isaiah and led in prayer, and alter more 
music, Dr. Landrum preached the introductory sermon from Romans 8:1, 
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, 
who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit." The speaker said: "That 
God is holly, just, right, and pure. Without the reconciliation of God, the 
immortal spirit of man must be banished forever from His presence." 

Query: From Mount Vernon: "Is it to the glory of God to use instru- 
mental music in the churches " Answer: "Let each church decide this 
matter for itself." 

Visiting brethren invited to seats. 

The invitation was accepted by Elder J. A. Speight, editor of Asheville 
Baptist. In accepting the courtesies of the body he wants all items of in- 
terest incident to the History of the Baptist Denomination; and compliments 
a feature of our Minutes, "Echoes from the churches in 1890 as being in ad- 
vance of anything in the state." J. C. Caddell of the Biblical Recorder ac- 
cepting the courtesies, says, the Recorder is the property of all the N. C. 
Associations. Elder G. P. Hamrick of the Kings Mountain; W. F. Sorrels 
of Spartanburg; G. W. Rollins and Z. D. Harrill of the Sandy Run, and 
Brother R. A. Freeman of the Carolina accepted seats. Elder M. H. Hoyle 
in charge of the Rutherfordton Methodist Circuit was tendered the courtes- 
ies of the body. 

It was proposed by Elder C. B. Justice that the association contribute 
money to buy a horse for Elder J. C. Sorrels who was doing mission work 
under the auspices of the State Mission Board in the counties of Burke and 
McDowell. A cash collection of $26 was obtained and $60.50 raised by sub- 
scription making a total of $86.50. Brother Sorrels tried to thank the body 
for their kindness, but failed. He was too thankful to talk. 

The fourth meeting of the Green River Association with the Ruther- 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 19 



fordton church occurred in 1908. Elder C. B. Justice is pastor of the church 
and T. C. Smith is clerk. The church is now composed of 197 members. 
Baptisms since 1891, 100. Paid on the pastor's salary, $3310; local expenses, 
vl300; missions, $5837. The church property is valued at $3500. A. L. 
Grayson is Supt. of the Sunday school and Mai H. Jones is secretary. Sun- 
day school enrollment is 110. 

Moderator of the Association; Elder D. J. Hunt; Clerk, A. L. Rucker; 
Treasurer, T. C. Smith; Assistant Treasurer, B. B. Price. 

The Moderator introduced two new pastors: Elder Edward Long-, pastor 
of the Marion church and Elder T. H. Posey, pastor of the church at Colum- 
bus and Principal of the Central Institute at that place. 

The Moderator also recognized the following brethren: Brother Archi- 
bald Johnson, representing the Thomasville Orphanage and its paper, Char- 
ity and Children. Elder C. J. Woodson, a fraternal Messenger from the 
Kings Mountain Association; Brother J. C. Howard, representing the Bibli- 
cal Recorder; Elders B. M. Hamrick and H. D. Harrill of the Sandy Run, 
and Dr. R. T. Vann, President of Meredith College. 

Elders W. S. Cherry of the Broad River Circuit and J. B. Carpenter, 
resident pastor of the Methodist church were recognized and the usual cour- 
tesies extended to them. 

The pastor, Elder C. B. Justice, welcomed the delegates and visitors, 
not only to the homes provided by the communicants of the church, but to 
the hospitality of the town regardless of church affiliation. 

Elder A. P. Sorrells preached the introductory sermon from Proverbs 
23:7 and Romans 7:23. Theme — Thought or Mind. 

The Rutherfordton church entertained the Green River Association the 
fifth time in 1927. Dr. M. A. Adams is pastor of the church and W. C. Log- 
an is clerk. The church has a membership of 471. The church property is 
valued at $62,500. Since 1908 the baptisms have been 230. The church has 
paid $22,320 on pastor's salary; local expenses, $40,938; missions, $17,341. 
R. E. Price is Supt. of the Sunday school which has an enrollment of 565. 

Dr. M. A. Adams served as Moderator of the Association; A. P. Sor- 
rels, Vice-Moderator; A. A. Walker, Clerk and Treasurer. The introduc- 
tory sermon was preached by Rev. S. A. Stroup of Hudson, N. C, formerly 
pastor of the Columbus and Mill Spring churches. The theme of his mes- 
sags, "The Christian Spirit in Contact With Life's Conditions," Acts 27:2. 

The question of dividing the Association came up for discussion. The 
following motion was made by Rev. E. E. Bomar: "I move that in the spirit 
of love we say to the churches of McDowell county or others desiring to 
withdraw from us, they are at liberty to do so and form an Association of 



20 GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

their own or join other Associations." The motion was carried 47 to 23. 
Thus ended the long agitation of dividing the Association. 

Last year, 1939, the church reported a total membership of 491; Sun- 
day school enrolment, 321; W. M. S., 75; Y. W. A., 35; G. A., 22; Sunbeam, 
15. Total value of church property $85,000. 

Since 1927 the church has paid on pastor's salary, $27,684; church ex- 
penses, $36,506; missions, $16,941; baptisms, 147. 

Excluding the twelve years connection with the Broad River Association 
the church has paid $65,544 on the pastor's salary; church expenses, $78,- 
738; missions, $41,384; baptisms, 609. 

Officers — Pastors: J. M. Webb, J. G. Landrum, A. J. Cansler, T. B. Jus- 
tice, C. B. Justice, R. H. Herring, G. A. Martin, J. A. McKaughan, M. A. 
Adams, E. B. Jenkins, C. N. Royal. Clerks: L. A. Walker, H. C. Davis, 
J. B. Carpenter, M. B. McDanlel, M. H. Justice, A. J. Scoggin, R. J. Wil- 
liams, T. C. Smith, J. C. Squeir, J. H. Hill, Eunice Hodge, Mrs, John A. 
Miller, W. C. Logan, Carl Hamrick, Hazel Waldrop, Mrs. C. B. Fuller, R. 
A. Arledge. Treasurers: R. R. Flack, W. W. Nanney, B. P. Scruggs, Carl 
Hamrick, M. G. Goforth, A. L. Grayson, C. W. Keeter. Sunday school Sup- 
erintendents: A. L. Grayson, J. B. Hunter, Dr. W. L. Lynch, T. C. Smitn, , 
M. B. Koone, D. C. Britt, J. B. Bridges, R. P. Scruggs, M. H. Jones, J. H. 
Hill, J. L. Taylor, J. L. Lewis, W. A. Harrill, W. C. Barnes, R. E. Price, R 
R. Flack, W. R. Hill, J. J. Tarlton. Presidents of Women's Work: W. M. 
S., Mrs. J. L. Taylor, Mrs. A. L. Grayson, Mrs. Emma Stuart, Mrs. R. E. 
Price, Mrs. J. L. Geer, Mrs. J. J. Tarlton, Mrs. C. L. Hamrick, Y. W. A.: 
Miss Fannie Justice, Miss Alda Grayson, Mrs. Theresa Taylor, Mrs. P. C. 
Rollins. G. A.: Mrs. P. C. Rollins, Miss Vera Callahan. Sunbeams; Miss 
Fannie Justice, Miss Eddie Hodge, Mrs. R. H. Herring, Miss Janette Hill, 
Miss Grace Harrill. Our Woman's Work was organized in 1888, the first 
president being Mrs. W. L. Lynch. 

The following women have served as Presidents of the W. M. U. through 
the years: Mrs. Gus Stevens, Mrs. C. B. Justice, Mrs. M. L. Justice (Flora 
Walker), Miss Mary D. Smith, Mrs. Jane Bradley, Mrs. A. L. Grayson, Mrs. 
J. L. Taylor, Mrs. Ira Hodge, Mrs. R. E. Price, Mrs. J. L. Geer, Mrs. J. J. 
Tarlton, Mrs. C. L. Hamrick and Mrs. P. C Rollins. 

J. M. BROWN. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

We, the Finance Committee report we have in hand $83.85 for Minutes 
and Clerk services and we recommend $50.00 for printing Minutes and $25.00 
for Clerk service, and $5.00 for printing programs. 

GUILFORD NANNEY 

J. L. HODGE 

J. H. GIBBS 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 21 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Receipts 

For Minutes and Clerk $ 82.25 

For Cooperative Program 24.53 

Total $106.78 

Disbursements 

To Printing- Miutes , $ 50.00 

To Clerk 25.00 

To Cooperative Program 24.53 

To Expenses of the Spindale Meeting 3.50 

Total $103.03 

Balance, $3.75. 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer. 



REPORT ON PLACE AND PREACHER 

Hickory Grove, first day, Polk county. 

Calvary, second day, Rutherford county. 

Preacher', C. N. Rayol, Rutherfordton; alternate, Charles Walker, Forest 
City. 

W. C. LYNCH, Chairman. 



RESOLUTION COMMITTEE 

Resolved, that we, the delegates, ministers, and visitors to the Green 
River Association, express our appreciation and heart felt thanks for the 
most excellent hospitality and fine entertainment shown us during this the 
Centennial Session of the Green River Association, with the First Baptist 
Church of Rutherfordton. This has been a most pleasant and profitable 
meeting. 

CHARLIE WALKER, Chairman 
R. G. MELTON 
G. A. CALLAHAN 



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BEULAH— Miss Annie Lee Taylor. 
BILL'S CREEK— Mrs. Ruth McDaniel. 

BIG LEVEL— Elder W. J. Wilson. 

CHIMNEY BOCK— Mr. Harold Williams. 

CAMP CREEK— Deacon C. C. Holler, Mrs. J. B. Condrey, Mrs. 
Maggie Lane. 

COOPER'S GAP— Mr. W. N. Dismsdale. 

HICKORY GROVE— Mrs. Katie Wilkerson. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK — Mrs. John L. Bennett, Mrs. Nannie Frady, 
Mrs. Lou Morgan. 

MONTFORD COVE— Mr. L. M. Stott, Mr. W. G. Harris, Mrs. W. 
M. Ledbetter, Mrs. Katie Parker. 

MOUNT VERNON— Deacon E. C. Geer, Mr. John Riser, Mrs. J. 
D. Logan. 

PIEDMONT— Mr. J. T. Hill, Deacon S. A. Sims. 

PLEASANT GROVE (P)— -Mr. Russell Craine. 

PLEOSANT GROVE (R)— Deacon Richard Ledbetter. 

PLEASANT HILL— Mrs. C. P. Green. 

ROUND HILL— Mrs. G. W. Morgan, Mrs. Nan Dobbins, Miss 
Martha Koon, Miss Katie Mae George. 

RUTHERFORDTON, First— Mr. G. E. Erwin, Mr. Zora Keeter, 

Mrs. Lee Taylor. 

SILVER CREEK— Rev. W. P. Jackson, Mrs. M. L. Saine, Mrs. E. 
W. Bradley, Mr. James Arledge, Mrs. Mattie Foy. 

SPINDALE, First— Mrs. Ruth Stoudmire, Mrs. A. G. Harrill, Dea- 
con J. H. Hill, Mr. M. L. Nanney. 

MOUNTAIN VIEW— Mr. M. A. Burgess. 

CANE CREEK— Mr. E. V. Nelon. 



MORGAN CHAPEL— Mr. Augustus Henson. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



One Hundred and First Session 

HELD WITH 

Hickory Grove Church 

October 2, 1941 
And With 

Calvary Church 

October 3, 1941 



Next Session To Be Held With 
BILL'S CREEK CHURCH 
Thursday, October 1, 1942 

And With 

OAK SPRINGS CHURCH 

Friday, October 2, 1942 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ASSOCIATIONAL DIRECTORY 



OFFICERS 

R. E. Price, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. H. Gibbs, Vice-Moderator Mill Springs, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Guilford Nanney, Treasurer Chimney Rock, N. C. 

J. M. Brown, Historian Nealsville, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL W. M. U. 

Mrs. J. H. Hill, Superintendent Spindale, N. C. 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

J. H. Gibbs, Superintendent Mill Springs, N. C. 

ASSOCIATIONAL B. T. XL DIRECTOR 

Rev. W. C. Lynch Rutherfordton, N. C, Route 3 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

The Officers and W. E. Sweatt, E. P. White, Robert Early and 
R. L. Crawford 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1942 

J. Boyce Brooks, Spindale; Alternate, Len E. Davis, Union Mills 

MESSENGERS 

Beulah — James Page, W. C. Mills, Mrs. W. C. Mills, Lee Pitman 

Bills' Creek — Frank Wilson, A. L. Haynes, Zack Searcy 

Big Level — P. M. Bailey, Roland Ruppe, Claude Jones 

Calvary — G. A. Callahan, A. H. Putnam 

Cane Creek — J. A. Vess, Daniel Lynch 

Camp Creek — Zeno Cowan, Zolon Clements, Ina Guffey 

Chimney Rock — Guilford Nanney, John Flack 

Columbus — Joe Tallant, J. A. Arledge, Vada McMurry, L. H. Cloud 

Cooper's Gap — Mack McGuinn, Lindsay McGuinn, Jonas Biddy, Bill Steppe 

Green Hill — W. A. Rucker, J. A. Rucker, Rome Walker 

Hickory Grove— J. L. Stott, W. R. Barnett, C. H. Chitwood 

Mill Springs — J. H. Gibbs, Frank Jackson, Preston Splawn 

Mountain Creek — H. P. Rucker, W. O. Bennett, Will Tomblin 

Mt. Vernon — D. S. Carpenter, Mrs. D. S. Carpenter, Ryburn Edwards, W. 

B. Wilson 
Morgan Chapel — M. M. Barnett, H. P. Sharpe, E. P. Dillard, J. A. Brown 
Montford Cove — J. H. Harris, A. J. Wilkerson, W. S. Haynes 
Mountain View — L. B. McCraw, W. W. Burgess 
Piedmont — Fred Hill, Wash Hill, John Owens 
Pleasant Hill — T. T. Frady, E. H. Harris, J. Q. Jones 
Pleasant Grove (P* — Horace Bailey, Thomas Wallace, H. C. Womack 
Pleasant Grove (R)— H. B. Elliott, L. E. Crabtree, B. J. Williams, D. S. 

Turner 
Piney Knob — C. B. Padgett, J. R. Atchley, W. J. Hardin, Worth Frady 
Pea Ridge — Archie Allen, Mrs. Archie Allen, Theron Jackson 
Oak Springs — Burl Williams, Forest Brisco, Ruby Pendergrass. 
Rock Springs — Knox Williams, Charlie Whiteside 

Round Hill — Mrs. A. L. Reel, F. M. Nanney, Vivian Geer, V. T. Cooper 
Rutherfordton, First — J. R. Gilbert, J. J. Tarlton, Mrs. R. E. Price, Mrs. 

R. R. Flack 
Silver Creek — Ethel Arledge, Reece Arledge 
Spindale, First — Mrs. Tom Higgins, W. R. Wells, Mrs. Russell Morgan, F. 

W. Jarvis 
West Point — Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Scoggins, Mr. and Mrs. Mills Camp 



GREEN" RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



PROCEEDINGS 

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Polk County 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1941 

10:00 A. M.— The 101st Session of the Green River Baptist 
Association was called to order by R. EL Price, Moderator. 
Hymns, "He Leadeth Me" and "Rescue the Perishing" were 
sung, led by C. W. Keeter with Mrs. W. W. Nanney at the piano. 
Rev. A. T. Howard leading the devotional, called on Rev. G. V. 
Tilley to lead the prayer, using Scripture 3rd Chapter Corinth- 
ians working together with God. Prayer led by J. H. Gibbs. 

The roll was called and all churches reported present ex- 
cept five which reported by the noon hour, making 100 per cent 
represent. 

Report on Religious Literature was to be made by Wood- 
row W. Jones who was not present but will be requested to sub- 
mit the report and insert same in the Minutes. 

Having received telegram from R. H. Satterfield that on ac- 
count of the Army maneuvers the roads were blocked, he would 
be unable to get there. Rev. J. Boyce Brooks and Dr. I. G. 
Greer were called on by the Moderator and spoke in the inter- 
est of the Recorder. 

Miss Alda Grayson, our Missionary to China being present, 
was recognized and called on and she related some of the con- 
ditions in China and the urgent need for funds for Chinese re- 
lief. After which a special offering was taken for same and the 
amount received was $29.54. 

Report on the Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville by Rev. 
G. V. Tilley was read by him and he recognized Dr. I. G. Greer, 
Superintendent of our Orphanage, who was present and called 
on him and he brought a stirring message which we believe gave 
us all a new determination to do more for all the causes of the 
work than we have been doing. 

At this time Rev. J. C. Pipes presented a small box looking 
like a cedar chest which he called a Birthday Chest or Box, the 
idea is for each church that wishes to do so can order one of 
these boxes for their church and each member that will do so, 
place one cent for each year old they are in the box each birth- 
day, this to be extra for the Orphanage. The box can be ob- 
tained from J. A. Corn, who originated the idea. Address, Ashe- 
ville, N. C, Rt. 1. Box will cost 75c. 

Hymn, "Leaning on Jesus" was sung by C. A. Rayburn and 
prayer was led by Rev. Robert Early. 

Sermon by Rev. C. N. Royal of the Rutherfordton First 
Baptist Church. Scripture John 17 As my Father hath sent 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



me in to the world even so send I them into the world a great 
and most helpful message to an attentive congregation. 

Recognized visitors and new pastors. New pastors in our 

Association: Rev. Len E. Davis, Union Mills, N. C. ; C. E. Blithe 
was welcomed; Rev. J. Boyce Brooks, Spindale, N. C. Visitors 
J. C. Pipes. 

Adjourned for dinner with prayer by A. P. Sorrels. 

Afternoon 

Hymns, ''When the Roll is Called Up Yonder," and "He 
Leadeth Me" were sung, led by C. A. Rayburn with Mrs. G. V. 
Tilley at the piano. Devotional was led by Rev. Robert Early 
who called on Brother Fred Hill, who led in prayer. The Scrip- 
ture used was Hebred 10-25. 

Report on Sunday Schools was read by C. A. Chandler 
with short discussions what they are doing in their Sunday 
Schools, by J. H. Gibbs, Rev. J. M. Brown, Rev. R. G. Melton 
and Prof. Sweatt. 

Report on Cooperative Program by Rev. Len E. Davis and 
\ras spoken on by Len E. Davis and J. Boyce Brooks, followed 
by special message by J. C. Pipes. Also brief message on Mis- 
sions by Miss Alda Grayson. 

The Moderator recognized Bro. A. J. Dimsdale, 91 years old 
from Cooper's Gap Church, who was converted when 13 years 
old and had been tithing for these 78 years, attends Sunday 
school regularly and reads now without glasses. What a fine 
Christian example for us to follow has been given to us by Bro. 
Dimsdale. 

Committees 

Finance: Guilford Nanney, chairman; W. B. Wilson, A. P. 
Sorrels, Fred Hill, J. C. Scott. . 

Place and Preacher: J. H. Gibbs, chairman; W. R. Wells, 
W. E. Sweatt. 

Nominating Committee for Associational Officers : J. Boyce 
Brooks, chairman; T. T. Frady, Zolan Clements. 

Resolutions: Len Eu Davis, chairman; R. L. Crawford, J. 
A. Vess. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas Offering for Thomasville and 
Alexander Home: C. W. Keeter, chairman; J. M. Brown, Mrs. 
W. R. Morgan, G. A. Callahan, Mrs. J. C. Scott, Mrs. Frank Jack- 
son, Mrs. John Arledge. 

Resolutions of thanks to the Hickory Grove Church for the 
special fine way in which they entertained the day's session was 
offered and unanimously adopted. One of the most helpful 
sessions to me in my experience of attending the associational 
meetings. 

In line with many of the messages of going and doing, we 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



used hymn, "Ready To Go And To Do Our Best," we were dis- 
missed with prayer by Rev. A. T. Howard. 

To meet with the Calvary Baptist Church Friday, October 
3, 1941. 

With Calvary Baptist Church 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1941 

10:00 A. M. — The second day of the 101st session of the 
Green River Baptist Association was called to order by R. E. 
Price, Moderator. Hymns, "He is So Precious to Me," was used 
led by Bro. Taff Walker with Mrs. Roy Hodge at the piano. 

Devotional and welcome was in charges of Rev. N. B. Phil- 
dips, pastor of Calvary Church. Scripture lesson was taken 
from John 14 and 15. Prayer was led by Rev. M. L. Lewis, pas- 
tor of Dana Church at Dana, N. C. 

The Minutes of the proceedings of the meeting with Hick- 
ory Grove Church Thursday were read and with one correction 
were approved. 

Report on Christian Education by Rev. C. B. Vause, who re- 
cognized Rev. J. R. Cantrell of Boiling Springs College, and 
yielded his time to him. First we were favored with two spec- 
ial numbers, "Praise Ye the Lord," "God So Loved the World," 
by a group of boys and girls from Boiling Springs College, fol- 
lowed by message from J. R. Cantrell on the work being done 
at the college and the needs of the college. This was followed 
by a quartet, "Fairest Lord Jesus," by two boys and two girls, 
students of Boiling Springs. 

Bro. M. H. Kendall representing Mars Hill College was re- 
cognized. He gave us a splendid message on Christian educa- 
tion. At Mars Hill they stress the religious activities and urge 
every student who is not a Christian to become a Christian. 
All standing Rev. E. P. White lead in prayer. 

Report on Baptist Hospital by Rev. R. G. Melton, who yield- 
ed his time to Bro. Smith Hagaman, Supt. of the hospital, who 
spoke in the interest of the hospital. 

The hospital has 300 beds, can take care of and treat about 
10,000 patients per year, have 100 doctors, all specialists in their 
lines. Will treat about 3000 mothers plus about 200 preachers 
per year. It is really a wonderful institution and deserves our 
support. 

Report on Temperance by M. A. Adams and spo'ken on 
earnestly by him stressing the evils and the distress, the orph- 
ans that we have are mostly the results following the use of 
liquor. Following his address an offering was taken for the 
support of the Dry Cause and the amount raised was $18.89. 
Miss Alda Grayson also urged the association to support the 
cause. 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. J. H. Hill was read by her and 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



she asked Rev. J. Boyce Brooks to use her time. He gave us a 
splendid message on the W. M. U. work. 

Dismissed for dinner with prayer by Rev. C. C. Matheny. 
Afternoon Session 

Hymn, "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand," was used, led 
by Taff Walker with Mrs. G. E. Hill at the piano. Devotional 
was led by Rev. R. L. Crawford. Scripture was taken from 
Luke 24. Prayer was lead by Miss Alda Grayson. 

Rev. M. Li. Lewis of Dana, N. C, spoke, giving us his per- 
sonal experience in the Lord's Acre Plan in his pastorate for the 
past ten years. One new church, one new parsonage, many 
Sunday School rooms, much painting and other improvements 
and recommends this plan to all pastors of country churches. 

B. Y. P. U. report by Rev. W. C. Lynch, was read by C. W. 
Keeter, Mr. Lynch being absent. Rev. C. N. Royal gave us a 
most helpful talk on the value of the training work, how it is 
needed in all of our churches, the better we are trained the bet- 
ter we can do the work that we are called on to do and should 
do. 

Discussion of the matter of having an Associational Mis- 
sionary meeting or meetings in the different churches and this 
resulted in appointing a committee to work this matter out. 
Committee consists of J. Boyce Brooks, Spindale, N. C, chair- 
man; Mrs. J. H. Hill, Sprindale, C. N. Royal, Rutherf ordton ; J. 
H. Gibbs, Mill Springs; Len E. Davis, Union Mills. 

C. N. Royal also stressed the need of an associational fund 
to take care of the expenses of the meetings of the W. M. U. and 
B. T. it and the Sunday School. These meetings are held at 
various times during the year. We need a special fund handled 
by the regular treasurer for this purpose. 

Committee Reports 

Finance: Guilford Nanney for committee. 

Place and Preacher: J. H. Gibbs for committee. 

Nominating: J. B. Brooks, for committee. 

Resolutions: Len E. Davis for committee. 

Hymn, "Blese Be The Tie That Binds." Dismissed with 
prayer by Rev. N. B. Phillips. 

Will meet Thursday b efore the first Sunday in October, 
1942 with Bills Creek Church; Friday, second day with Oak 
Springs Church. 

Evidently the idea of dividing the two days of the Associa- 
tion between two churches is a good one. This was one of the 
best association meetings we have had, so the committee re- 
commended dividing the time next year, meeting with Bills 
Creek Thursday and With Oak Springs Friday. It was unani- 
mously adopted. 

Information 

The Association has met with the following churches dur- 
ing the service of the present Moderator and Clerk: Mt. Ver- 



GREEN! RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



non 1929, Bill's Creek 1930, Piney Knob 1931, Columbus 1932. 
Mountain Creek 1933, Pleasant Hill 1934, Oak Springs 1935, 
Cooper's Gap 1936, Montford Cove 1937, Round Hill 1938, Pied- 
mont 1939, Rutherfordton First 1940, Hickory Grove, first day, 
1941 and Calvary, second day, 1941. 

After singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," we 
were dismissed with prayer, to meet in 1942, Thursday before 
the first Sunday in October, first day with Bill's Creek Church, 
and with Oak Springs Church on the second day. 

R. E. PRICE, Moderator 
C. W. KEETER, Clerk 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

The Baptist Orphanage of North Carolina is located at Thomasville 
with a branch, Kennedy Home at Kinston. I. G. Greer is the Superintend- 
ent. He has the full confidence and affections of the Baptist brotherhood. 
J. C. Hough shares the responsibility at the Kennedy Home. 

Children between 2 and 12 years old are received and are release ac- 
cording to preparation. There are 460 at the Mills Home, and 138 at the 
Kennedy Home. In addition to these the Department of Mother's Aid is 
caring for a large number. Where the mother is capable, with some as- 
sistance, the home is preserved and the child is not separated from its 
mother. Further, case workers are helping children and parents to make 
adjustments with relatives and friends 

While the government is doing more than formerly to aid in the field 
of child welfare, the sphere of the orphanage has not decreased. It's mis- 
sion is a reality. About 45 applications are received every month during 
the year. The financial cost is more than $500.00 per day — for the year 
$182,000.00. The financial support is on its merit, and it makes no special 
appeals. It depends upon a monthly offering from Sunday Schools, and a 
Thanksgiving offering. One year ago the records show that 28 churches 
in the Association — all but two — made a special offering to the orphanage, 
totaling $1,351.07. 

The physical plant is well looked after and improved as means will 
permit. Generous friends have it on their hearts. Recently Mr. C. M. 
Wall, Lexington, N. C, deeded a magnificent farm, 160 acres to the insti- 
tution. The First Baptist Church of High Point gave to the Mills Home 
a pipe organ. The instrument is in excellent condition. It is greatly 
needed and highly appreciated. From time to time other gifts follow from 
friends. 

It must be mentioned that the pastors of the two churches at the Mills 
Home and Kennedy Home have last year baptized 93 boys and girls. Our 
Lord is given His rightful place. 

Charity and Children is a newsy sheet from the orphanage. Every 
Sunday School should have a club— 60c subscription rate in clubs of ten 
or more. 

Remember the orphanage at Thanksgiving. 

G. V. TILLEY 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

Surely the words of Jesus, "The harvest truly is plenteous but the 
laborers are few," should challenge Sunday School leaders, pastors and 
superintendents to begin and continue a greater effort in enlisting, train- 
ing and putting to work more and more officers and teachers. 

Through the various departments and classes of its Sunday School a 
church can most effectively bring people to know, love, and exalt the Bible 
in their lives and in their homes. 



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We are happy to report 14 teacher training courses for this year, an 
increase of 7 over last year, 9 daily vacation Bible schools, a large number 
of awards and a large number of organized and registered classes. 

The Green River Sunday School Association meets the first Sunday in 
each month at 2:30 p. m. These meetings are to promote better Sunday 
Schools throughout the Association. 

C. A. CHANDLER 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

In our world-wide task of preaching the crucified Christ, the strategic 
point of approach is over our own state. Christ must conquer in our state 
if we expect to triumph for him in the uttermost part of the earth. 

For the past number of years Southern Baptists have emphasized the 
Cooperative Program and properly so, but it is well occasionally to re- 
view the work of each of the objects embraced in the program. The whole 
program of State Missions is inextricably mixed with and is a very im- 
portant part of the objects fostered by the Cooperative Program. 

State Missions is administered by the General Board of the Baptist 
State Convention, Mr. M. A. Huggins, General Secretary-Treasurer. It 
has several departments. 

Aiding weak churches to pay their pastor. 

Developing country pastorates into compact fields with fully equipped 
pastors. 

Fostering a program of evangelism. 

Aiding churches in the great work of enlistment. Statistics reveal 
that 68 per cent of Southern Baptist church members contribute nothing 
for missions, education or benevolent work; 50 per cent or more do not 
contribute to local expenses and 50 per cent rarely ever attend church 
services. 

State Missions is also vitally concerned in teaching and training. 

Let us give our whole-hearted support to the Cooperative Program 
because this one object, State Missions, which it fosters, fully justifies our 
support. 

LEN E. DAVIS 

FOREIGN MISSION REPORT 

"Nine and one-half decades have come and gone since our Baptist 
forefathers met in August, Ga., and launched the Foreign Mission Board 
of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was a time of foreboding and un- 
certainty. Within fifteen years from the date of this first meeting of the 
convention, the whole structure of the Federal Union was to be shaken to 
the very foundations. The South was to emerge from that bitter and 
wasting conflict prostrate and helpless, and it was fifty years after the 
Augusta Convention before the Baptist churches of the South came to the 
support of the Foreign Mission Board in any worthy or adequate way. 

'Since the turn of the century, the work of the Foreign Mission Board 
has expanded rapidly until today we have work in some sixteen lands 
across the world." 

The current income of the Board has increased $268,678.16 over what 
was received seven years ago. That is, the income of the Board last year 
was $1,149,251.87. 

We have also made very fine progress in paying the debts of the For- 
eign Mission Board and it is hoped that we will have a debtless denomina- 
tion by the time the Convention meets in Augusta to make one hundred 
years of Southern Baptist history. The last report from the Board con- 
cerning its debts is that we have paid $1,075,289.16 on principal and in- 
terest. Seven years ago we owed through our Foreign Mission Board over 
one million dollars. Today we owe only $245,000. 

How we should rejoince at this fine progress. Truly the Lord has 
blessed us. Much of the praise should be given to the work of the Wo- 
man's Missionary Union through their Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. 



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Our churches would be greatly embarrassed if the good women had not 
come to the rescue. 

But what about our own Association? Have we done our part? We 
claim to be Missionary Baptist. We say we are members of the Southern 
Baptist Convention. We sing "My Jesus, I Love Thee." What have we 
done? Last year our Association only gave an average of 10 y 2 c per mem- 
ber to Foreign Missions. This includes our percentage through the Co- 
operative Program and our special offerings. Does this sound like our 
song, "If Ever I Loved Thee, My Jesus, Tis Now." 

J. BOYCE BROOKS 

REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

We are living in a day when the moral structure of society is being 
shaken to its very foundations. War from without and menacing forces 
from within press upon us. The only power that can offer any security is 
the gospel of Christ. The Christian church has the responsibility not only 
to make this gospel, but also to supply the world with trained Christian 
leaders of character and integrity. These trained Christian leaders for the 
church and for the world must come through the processes of Christian 
education. 

We mean by Christian education, not merely factual instruction about 
the Bible and the life of Christ, but the imparation of His Spirit through 
contact with persons who are like Him; saturation of the whole system of 
though with the ideas and the ideals which were so prevalent in the life 
and thought of Jesus. 

This must not be something added to what we call education, but must 
permeate the whole of the educational process. The child's education 
properly begins in the home. There the foundations are laid; and if they 
are not solidly founded on the Rock of Christian certitude, the winds and 
rains of worldly ways will destroy the foundation. Therefore we recom- 
mend that in our homes special effort be made to reach our children and 
young people with Christian education. 

The process is further continued in our elementary and secondary 
schools. Most of these are secular schools, supported by the State, and 
due to this fact, they can not impart the Biblical knowledge which is the 
foundation of Christian character and leadership. Happily there are pro- 
visions for this material to be taught when the churches of a community 
will cooperate and pay the salary of a teacher who is as well qualified to 
teach the Biblical material as is the public school teacher to teach her 
subjects. Therefore, we urge the cooperation of our churches with var- 
ious other churches of the communities within our Association to provide 
courses in religious instruction within our public schools. Only one school, 
Alexander School, in our Association has such instruction. 

The education for Christian leadership is further continued in our in- 
stitutions of higher learning. Our State Baptist Convention seeks to sup- 
port several Junior Colleges, and two A-Grade Senior Colleges for this, 
purpose. We urge the support of this program of Christian higher edu- 
cation, through the sending of funds for this purpose to Mr. M. A. Hug- 
gins, Raleigh, N. C, and through the sending of our sons and daughters 
to these institutions to secure their higher training. Especially urgent is 
the need for a Chapel at Wake Forest College, where more than one thou- 
sand students are seeking to prepare themselves for positions of Christian 
ladership in our world — but who are denied the benefit of adequate provis- 
ions for the spiritual life, because there is no place where these students 
may assemble, except upon the athletic field. We urge that each church 
receive a special offering for this purpose, if they have not already done 
so, and mail it direct to Mr. Huggins, designating it for this purpose. 

CHARLES B. VAUSE 

REPORT ON BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

The hospital has just now completed additions to its plant that in- 
creases the bed capacity from 108 to 300. This will enable the hospital to 



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treat 10,000 patients each year. Of this number we may expect 3,300 
service patients; that is, not able to pay their hospital bill. About 3,300 
will be mothers who will return home to their thousands of waiting child- 
ren. There is about 200 preachers, and pastors treated each year, for 
which no charge is made. Two or three of our preachers from this coun- 
ty were treated during the past year. 

The hospital has a staff of 100 doctors; these all are specialists in the 
many fields of medicine and surgery. 

The hospital runs a well-equipped standard training school for nurses. 
These are taken from as nearly every section of the state as possible. A 
class of about 50 is taken each year, making a school of 150. 

The Medical Building of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake 
Forest College is now completed and opened for students September 11th. 
While the medical school and the hospital will be colesly related and help- 
ful to each other in every department, they will remain seperate institu- 
tions, controlled by seperate boards of directors, and supported from dif- 
ferent sources. 

Everything contributed to the hospital goes to the support of the hos- 
pital exclusively. The mother's day offering by the churches is used en- 
tirely for the service of patients not able to pay for treatment, and no one 
is turned away because they are not able to pay if there is a bed to take 
the patient. 

The Spiritual side of the hospital's service is always stressed. 

The hospital has a full-time pastor supplied by the generous donation 
of Mr. C. M. Scott, of High Point. This pastor, the Rev. Charles E. Park- 
er, in addition to his many activities with the patients, and their families 
and friends, teaches a course in Bible in the Nurse's Training School. 

The various organizations of our women, and young people are rend- 
ering a vast service to the hospital in supplying linens of all kinds, such 
as sheets, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, etc. 

Our vastly enlarged program, of course, will require increased sup- 
port. 

R. G. MELTON 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

It would be useless to enumerate the evil effects of the use of alcohol. 

We must remember that liquor is a: Legal question and such we need 
laws to suppress it; a moral question and as such it should appeal to every 
right thinking person to exert their whole influence here in the right di- 
rection; a social question. Right here is the crux of the question. It pre- 
sents its hardest fight at this point; above all it is a personal question. As 
Emerson Haven has so aptly said, "The best control is for every person to 
control what goes into his own mouth." 

It is my candid conviction that church members should take their 
stand onthis question at all times for the right. We make the following 
suggestions: 1. That all the people cooperate heartily with the work that 
the United Drys are doing in this state, especially with their Field Days. 
2. That we seek to secure a state-wide referendum on this matter. 3. 
That we neither vote for nor aid in the election for any one who drinks or 
stands for liquor, for any office. 4. That we seek to secure the total ab- 
stinence of all the people possible. 

M. A. ADAMS 

REPORT ON B. T. U. 

The North Carolina Baptist State Convention has undertaken during 
the past twenty-five years to provide definite and specific training for the 
membership of the churches. When the work was begun through the B. 
Y. P. U., young people only were thought of as prospects for training in 
the churches. More recently, with the name being changed to Baptist 
Training Union, the B. Y. P. U. being a part of the whole of course, the 
problem has been thought of in terms of training for all the membership 



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of all the churches. It is the purpose of the B. T. U. officers to carry out 
this aim in the churches of the Green River Association. With training 
work in only six of the 30 churches in our Association, the task may seem 
impossible; yet with the cooperation of pastors, Sunday School Superin- 
tendents, and other interested church people, the task can be accomplish- 
ed. 

Dr. Clay I. Hudson of the Sunday School Board with a group of our 
State workers were with us in February for a conference at which time 
the Associational organization was completed. During the year two As- 
sociational meetings have been held. Another group conference is sched- 
uled for November 25th in the First Baptist Church of Spindale. This 
meeting will be led by our State and South-wide leaders. All churches are 
asked to send a good representation to this conference. 

W. C. LYNCH 

REPORT ON W. M. IX. 

The Woman's Missionary Union of the Green River Association has 
reached its 44th year, and we stand on thethresh-hold of a new day, fac- 
ing new problems, and even greater undertakings. Never have we so 
greatly needed wisdom, constant vigilance, and divine guidance, lest we 
lose our way. Never in our generation have there been such distressing 
world conditions as exist today as we face confused moral standards, per- 
plexing financial problems, and multiplied calls for service. With our men 
in training, and our factories producing their utmost in war material and 
equipment, and while "Preparedness" is the motto of the hour, we need to 
give earnest heed to Christian preparedness. 

We shall need special training in the days ahead, extra supply of faith, 
courage, and endurance. We shall be called upon for additional service, 
heroic sacrifice aand generous giving, if we as the Woman's Missionary 
Union carry out the principles of our great watchword of "Making His 
Way Known Upon Earth and His Salvation Among All Nations." We are 
encouraged to learn from our missionaries that the Kingdom work both 
at home and abroad is steadily increasing. As in the days of the early 
Christians, when persecution scattered the Christians — thereby spreading 
Christianity — so it is today that wars and persecution are giving increase 
to the spreading of the gospel. This should encourage us here in the. 
home. If our missionaries are willing to stand amidst hardships, tur- 
moil, and strife, so that the Kingdom work way continue, surely we here 
at home ought to be willing to do our best to strengthen the home base. 

It is evident that many of our women are feeling the missionary urge 
to do something. We feel that this year is going to bring the greatest 
returns of all time past. In order to achieve great things, we must ex- 
pect great things from God. I feel that God is calling every church in the 
Green River Association for greater service. We have made some worth- 
while gains along all lines of our W. M. U. objectives. 

We feel grateful for the interest our women have manifested in Mis- 
sion study. In August we had the privilege of entertaining our State 
Young People's worker, Miss Mary Currin, who visited in seven of our soc- 
ieties, and three churches which were without a W. M. S. There were 
study courses taught, alsp time given to organizing and directing the W. 
M. S. vork. One new society was organized in Calvary church. Accord- 
ing to the belief of our study course chairman, we have had at least 25 
study courses this year. Because of the failure of some of the societies 
to report, it is impossible to be exact, but we do feel sure that our women 
are waking up to the importance of Mission Study. How we all need 
more missionary knowledge. To know more is to love more; to love more 
is to pray more; to pray more is to give more. We have made a small 
gain in the numbers of tithers, but we have yet to reach our goal of a 10 
per cent increase. May we search for ourselves in God's Word concerning 
the tithe, and let our own conscience convince us of its meaning and worth.. 



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Our people have a better understanding of the meaning of personal 
service, whicn is the termination of evangelism, and not merely visits and 
carrying of trays. These minor duties might be necessary in some cases, 
however, but should always be the means to an end. 

There has been an increase in gifts. The majority of the societies 
have gone beyond their goal in gifts to both Cooperative Program and the 
Hundred Thousand Club. There has been a slignt decrease in the gifts of 
the Young People. We" feel this is aue to fact that our Young People's 
Leader, Mrs. Bridges, was forced to resign her work, so our young people 
have been neglected. 

Mrs. Ben Wall was elected Young People's leader at our last Associa- 
tional meeting, and I hope we all are gomg to give her our support and 
piayers as she works with the young people of Green River Association. 
our young people challenge our best efforts. They desire and need our 
leadieship, recognition, and training in order that the task of missions be 
continued through tne years to come. 

Our annual meeting, which was held at the First Baptist Church at 
Spinaale, was well attended with nine of our societies represented. We 
had with us Mrs. Briggs, our State Secretary, and Miss Alda Grayson, who 
was sincerely welcomed by all. We also had Dr. H. PL McMillan, a re- 
turned missionary of China, whose stirring address was the climax of our 
meeting. We will meet next year with Mountain Creek Church. 

These seventeen churches who do not foster a missionary society are 
our responsibilities, and present to us a great challenge both to the W. M. 
U. and to the pastors of these churches. We sincerely desire the coopera- 
tion and prayers of all the pastors. A word spoken in due season might 
bring eternal values. We urge you pastors to use the influence that only 
a pastor can to aid our women in creating among our people a missionary 
spirit, thus extending missionary societies in the Green River Association. 
May we not combine one and ail our elicits in order that we may reach 
our great objectives for which our union stands. Namely: Bible Study, 
Player, Enlistment, and Soul Winning. We try to preach and practice 
stewardship. We instruct through the Bible and through Missionary per- 
iodicals. We aim at nothing higner than the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus. 

A summary of this year's report follows: To all objects, $1,954.32; 
increase over last year's gifts, $257.84; number of letters written, 122; 
number of cards written, 8o; number of societies organized, 1. 

MRS. J. H. HILL, Superintendent 
MRS. W. W. NANNEY, Mission Study Chairman 
MRS. C. N. ROYAL, Stewardship Chairman 
MRS. H. A. DOTSON, Personal Service Chairman 
MRS. W. C. Lynch, Training School Chairman 
MRS. R. R. FLACK, Treasurer 
MISS NANNIE NEWSOME, Secretary 

HISTORY 

The First Meetings Of The Green River Association 

One hundred years ago the Green River Association held its first ses- 
sion. There were sixteen churches in the Association and 739 members. 
Bethel, Bethlehem and New Bethel were located in Burk county, but now 
they are in McDowell county. Silver Creek, Green's Creek and Green 
River were in Rutherford county, but now in Polk county. Big Springs, 
Bill's Creek, Round Hill and Shiloh were in the present Rutherford county. 

James Blythe, Bailey Bryce, N. P. Corn, J. C. Grayson, S. G. Hamilton, 
Wade Hill, H. W. Patterson, J. M. Webb, and J. Wilkie were the pastors 
of these churches. They were all resident pastors. 

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and 5536 members. We have ten resident pastors, two retired and five 
"furriners." 

J. M. Webb was Moderator of this session of the Association and J. C. 
Grayson was clerk. Discussions of resolutions, circular letters and greet- 
ing messengers from other Associations were the chief topics of the day. 
Missions, Temperance, Sunday Schools, Orphanages, and Hospitals had not 
yet come to the front. 

The following is a part of the "system" of the Green River Baptist 
Association adopted at the first session: 

Necessity. "As the communion of the saints, so the communion of 
churches is a desirable blessing: to obtain and promote which ought to be 
the study and endeavor of all the people of God. Although churches form- 
ed on the gospel plan, are independent of each other with regard to power, 
yet not so strictly speaking with regard to communion. For as saints in 
general have an indispensable right to share in each other's gifts and 
graces, so have churches in this joint capacity. It is a general rule to do 
good and communicate, forget not." Hebrews 13:16, which is applicable 
in a particular manner to churches as such. In order more amply to ob- 
tain this blessing of communion, there ought to be a coalizing or uniting 
of several churches into one body, so far as their local situation and other 
circumstances will admit. But as it is impossible for all the individual 
members, thus to associate and coalize together: the churches should each 
respectively, choose and delegate some of the most able, pious, and judi- 
cial from among themselves, and particularly their ministers, to convene 
at such times and places as may be thought best and most conducive to 
the great end proposed, to act as their representatives in the general as- 
sembly. Their expenses ought to be defrayed by the churches who send 
them. 

These delegates, at their first meeting, are, in a formal manner, to 
enter into covenant with each other, as the representatives of the churches 
for promoting Christ's cause in general; and the interest of the churches 
they represent in particular. They should then form their plan of opera- 
tion, and fixe on the most proper place and time of meeting in the future. 
The Baptist Association arrogates no higher title than that of an advisory 
counsel; consistent with which epithet, it ought ever to act when it acts at 
all, without intruding on the right of independent congregational churches, 
or usurping authority over them, Matthew 23:10, 12. Nevehtheless the 
Association hath a natural and in alienable right to judge for itself, what 
churches shall be admitted into confederacy with it, and witdhraw from 
all acts of communion and fellowship with any church so admitted, pro- 
vided said church, odstinately persists in holding corrupt principles, or in- 
dulging in vicious practices, not with standing all proper endeavors, 
have been used to reclaim it." 

Mode of procedure. "An Association when transacting business 
should proceed in the following manner: 

Always begin and end each session by prayer. Admit none as mes- 
sengers, but such as recommended by letters, well authenticated from the 
churches to which they belong or from whence they come. When a church 
petitions by letter for admission, if approved of, the Moderator is to in- 
form the messengers that their request is granted and desire them to take 
seats. All who have anything to offer, are to rise and address the Mod- 
erator. While one is speaking the rest are to be silent, yet all have an 
equal right to speak in turn. No partiality or respect of persons is to be 
shown. Every matter should be canvassed with gravity, modesty, and a 
sincere aim after truth. When all are not agreed, the matter should be 
put to a vote, and a majority determine. All queries regularly sent by 
churches should be answered if possible. Any matter proposed relative to 
the general good of the churches should be seriously attended to. Every 



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transaction should be conformable to the revealed will of God. 

Benefits. "The benefits arising from an Association and communion 
of churches are many, in general it tends to the maintaining of the ruth, 
order, and development of the gospel. By it the churches may have had 
doubts as arise among them cleared, which will prevent disputes. They 
will be furnished with salutary counsel, Prov. 11:14. The churches will be 
more closely united in promoting the cause and interest of Christ. A 
member who is aggrieved through partiality, or any other wrongs re- 
ceived from the church, may have an opportunity of applying for direc- 
tion. A godly and sound ministry will be encouraged, while a ministry 
that is unsound and ungody will be discountenanced. 

J. M. BROWN 

THANK SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT 

We, the members of Green River Association wish to express publicly 
our sincere appreciation for the fine work done by our Associational Sun- 
day School Superintendent for the past five years. Brother C. A. Chand- 
ler has been both faithful and efficient in discharging his duties. We fur- 
ther pledge our hearty support to Brother Gibbs, who succeeds him. 

R. L. CRAWFORD 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Received for Minutes and Clerk $85.40 

Received for Orphanage 5.50 

Received for Cooperative Program 5.00 

With a Balance of 3.75 

Total $99.65 

Paid Out 

For Printing Minutes $50.00 

For Printing Programs 8.00 

For Clerk Services 25.00 

To Orphanage 5.50 

To Cooperative Program 5.00 

To Cooperative Program 5.00 

With a Balance of 6.15 

Total $99.65 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treas. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS 

We, the Finance Committee have in hand for printing Minutes, Clerk 
services and other expenses of the Association, $94.20. And we recom- 
mend $50.00 be paid for printing Minutes and the Clerk be paid $25.00 for 
his services. 

Signed by Committee, 

GUILFORD NANNEY 
A. P. SORRELS 
FRED HILL 
W. B. WILSON 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PLACE AND PREACHER 

We, your Committee on Place and Preacher recommend that the 
Green River Baptist Association at its next annual meeting, convene the 
first day with Bill's Creek and the second day with Oak Springs churches. 
We also recommend that the annual sermon be delivered by Rev. Boyce 
Brooks and that Rev. Len E. Davis be named as alternate. 

J. H. GIBBS 
W. E. SWEATT 
W. R. WELLS 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

Resolved that we, the delegates, ministers and visitors to Green River 
Association, express our deep appreciation and thanks for the cordial hos- 
pitality shown us by Hickory Grove Church. The splendid fellowship in 
the meetings and around the table bespeaks the royal hosts and hostesses. 
The meeting has been pleasant as well as profitable. 

Resolved that we, the delegates, ministers and visitors to Green River 
Association, express our sincere gratitude for the cordial ways by which 
we have been entertained by Calvary Church. Though Calvary is a young 
church, her people have already caught the Christian spirit of coopera- 
tion. We look forward to many profitable fellowships with this new sister 
church. 

LEN E. DAVIS, Chairman 
R. L. CRAWFORD 

J. A. VESS 

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

R. E. Price, Moderator. 

J. H. Gibbs, Vice-Moderator 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk. 

Guilford Nanney, Treasurer 

J. M. Brown, Historian. 

Executive Committee: The officers and W. E. Sweatt, E. P. White, 

Robert Early and R. L. Crawford. 

Associational W. M. U. Superintendent: Mrs. J. H. Hill. 

Baptist Training Union: Rev. W. C. Lynch, Director. 

Sunday School: J. H. Gibbs, Superintendent; Ensine Chatham, As- 
sistant; Millie Camp, Secretary and Treasurer. 

J. BOYCE BROOKS, Chmn. 
ZOLAN CLEMENTS 
T. T. FRADY 



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HISTORY OF THE GREEN RIVER W. M. XL 

(The following' history was read by Mrs. W. W. Nanney, Rutherford- 
ton, N. C., October 3, 1940 but was not printed in the Minutes until 1941). 

The Woman's Missionary Union of the Green River Association was 
organized 43 years aago. 

It is fitting that we, at this time of celebrating the 100th anniversary 
of the Green River Association, review the achievements of the 43 years, 
pay homage to those who laid the foundation upon which we are building, 
give thanks to the Lord who has led us, and seek His continued blessing 
upon the work we are privileged to do. The assurance of this blessing is 
ours if we remain true to the purpose of Woman's Missionary Union. 

Many of the records of our early societies are lost or forgotten but 
they contain many names which should be recorded in the annals of mis- 
sionary efforts. But those whose records are preserved are indicative of 
the efforts of many. 

To woman, missions has been a high, impelling, radiant compulsion. 
Missionary interest among Baptist women finds its expression through 
Woman's Missionary Union. 

The Woman's Missionary Union of Green River Association was or- 
ganized at Montford's Cove, September, 1897. 

Mrs. A. L. Grayson was the first Superintendent and Mrs. T. C. Brad- 
ley was the first Secretary. 

The charter members were: Pleasant Hill, Round Hill, Bethel, Mar- 
ion, Rutherfordton, Dysartsville, Montford's Cove, Old Fort and Clear 
Creek, also Sunbeam Bands of Marion and Rutherfordton. 

The contributions amounted to $136.57. The Presidents of these soc- 
ieties were: Mrs. M. J. Griswold, Mrs. Martha Sorrels, Miss Mary Gray- 
son, Mrs. J. L. Morgan, Miss M. D. Smith, Mrs. M. J. Walker, Mrs. A. 
Morgan, Mrs. W. P. Terrell and Mrs. Anna Ray. The annual meeting of 
1899 was at "the stand" at Mt. Vernon church, with Mt. Vernon the new 
society. In 1900 they met at Dysartsville, with Mt. Creek the new society. 
At this meeting a "Closing Century" program was planned. In 1902 the 
meeting was held at Mills Springs, with Mills Springs the new society. 

The W. M. U. was very active for years in working for Round Hill 
Academy. Good work was also done during the 75 Million Campaign. 

In 1930, the Charlotte Division of W. M. U. was entertained by the 
Green River W. M. U. at the Rutherfordton church. 

The W. M. U\ met at the same time and place as the Green River As- 
sociation for seventeen years. In 1914 they met at Round Hill church on 
September 14, and since that date, have had their meetings separately 
from the Association. 

The first recorded report of a Y. W. A. was from the Rutherfordton 
church with Miss Fannie Justice as leader. The following year, 1916, Miss 
Justice was elected Associational Y. W. A. leader. 

The first G. A. recorded report was in 1921. This was from the Ruth- 
erfordton church also. 

The Sunbeam Bands of Marion, Mt. Vernon, and Rutherfordton 
churches are to be commended for their good work. 



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The Sunbeam report for 1909, as follows: Columbus, Mrs. Posey- 
Walker leader, 25 members; Mt. Vernon, Georgiana Logan leader, 50 
members; Pleasant Hill, Carrie Hill leader, 37 members; Round Hill, Iola 
Spurlin leader, 50 members; Rutherfordton, Eddie Hodge leader, 21 mem- 
bers. 

There has been a few reports from Royal Ambassador Chapters, but 
this work has been somewhat neglected. 

The following women have served as Associational Superintendents: 
Mrs. A. L. Grayson, Mrs. B. B. Price, Mrs. J. L. Morgan, Miss Clara Mor- 
ris, Mrs. Ashworth, Mrs. W. H. Witherspoon, Mrs. P. C. Rollins, Mrs. J. L. 
Taylor, Miss Alda Grayson, Mrs. G. G. O'Neil, Mrs. J. L. Geer and Mrs. 
J. H. Hill, who is in office now. 

The Secretaries are as follows: Mrs. T. B. Bradley, Mrs. J. L. Taylor, 
Mrs. A. L. Grayson, Miss Meldona Livingston, Mrs. C. S. Nanney, Mrs. 
Sallie Hampton, Mrs. J. W. Goforth, Miss Alma Freeman and Miss Nannie 
Newsome. 

Mrs. A. L. Grayson served as Superintendent for 14 years and did a 
glorious work. 

Mrs. J. L. Taylor served as Secretary for 13 years. 

Among the names of Presidents of Societies, these appeared often: 
Mrs. D. J. Hunt, Mrs. J. D. Whiteside, Miss Anna Wilson, Mrs. John Wells, 
Mrs. Ida Dobbins, Mrs. W. A. Warli^k, Mrs. Laura Morris, Mrs. B. J. 
Allison, Miss Delia Hyder, Mrs. Emma Stewart, Mrs. M. J. Walker and 
Miss Mattie Walker. 

Some of the Young People's Leaders were: Miss Anna Justice, Miss 
Eva Logan, Miss Mary Washburn, Miss Mary L. Freeman, Mrs. R. H. 
Herring, Miss Mary B. Goode, Miss Jacque Hill, Miss Alda Taylor, Miss 
Lillian Michael, Miss Ethel Barnes, Miss Mary Kate Freeman and Miss M. 
Hudgins. 

While we applaud the success, and honor those whose work has 
brought visible results, let us not forget that back of the accomplishments 
of the leaders were the followers. 

The warmth of interest and the depth of devotion to missions of the 
women of these years have been judged in a measure by the records they 
left. So will those who search records of this period judgs us by the re- 
cords we leave. 

"Those who began the work we do, 
Near fifty years gone by 
Beheld a vision clear and true, 
Conceived a purpose high; 
"Go forward" was their chosen aim, 
"Go forward" in the Master's name. 

Now as we face another day 
Our service to renew 
"Go forward" still must be our aim, 
"Go forward" in the Master's name. 



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BIG LEVEL — Deacon V. B. Hyder, Mrs. J. J. Price, Mrs. James 
Owensby. 

BILL'S CREEK— Mr. John Crawford, Mr. D. T. Frady. 
CAMP CREEK— Deacon J. B. Conley, Mr. J. A. Morehead. 

CANE CREEK— Mr. Boman Biddie, Mrs. M. L. Biddie, Mrs. Ma- 
lisa Ruff, Mrs. Clara Jones. 

CHIMNEY ROCK— Mrs. H. A. Keeter, Sr., Mr. C. H. Ruppe. 

COLUMBUS— Mr. L. E. Hutcherson, Mrs. Birdie Holbert, Mr. 
Ralph Lanning - . 

COOPER'S GAP— Mrs. Dovie Wilson. 

HICKORY GROVE— Mrs. Lonnie Geer. 

MONTFORD'S COVE— Mrs. Emma Hensley, Mrs. Ora Hensley 
and Mr. Lee M. Hall. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK— Mrs. Alice Flack, 

MT. VERNON— Mrs. P. D. Carpenter, Mrs. J. M. Edgcrton. 

MOUNTAIN VIEW— Mr. Tom Bradley. 

PINEY KNOB— Mrs. M. R. Camp, Mr. Robert Hill. 

PLEASANT GROVE (Polk)— Miss Gertrude Hodge. 

ROUND HILL — Deacon M. D. Koon, Dr. E. B. Dillard. 

RUTHERFORDTaN, FIRST— Mr. Joe Hodge, Mrs. G. W. Hodge, 
Miss Myra Grayson, Mrs. S. A. Bland, Mrs. J. A. Miller, 
Mrs. J. R. Anderson, Mr. Ray Hollifield, Mrs. Robert Allen 
and Mr. Marshall Callahan. 

SILVER CREEK— Mrs. Mattie Fay, Mr. Frank Thompson, Mr. 
Isaac Arledge and Mr. R. M. Cinstant. 

SPINDALE, FIRST— Mrs. W. D. O'Bryan. 

MORGAN CHAPEL— Mr. Daniel Calvert. 

J. M. BROWN 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina 



One Hundred and Second Session 

HELD WITH 

Bills Creek Church 

October 1, 1942 
And With 

Oak Springs Church 

October 2, 1942 



Next Session To Be Held With 

CHIMNEY ROCK CHURCH 

Thursday, September 30, 1943 

And With 

MOU/NT VERNON CHURCH 

Friday, October 1, 1943 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ASSOGIATIONAL DIRECTORY 



R. E. Price, Moderator Rutherfordton, N. C. 

J. H. Gibbs, Vice-Moderator Mill Springs, N. C. 

C. W. Keeter, Clerk Rutherfordton, N. C. 

Guilford Nanney, Treasurer Chimney Rock, N. C. 

J. M. Brown, Historian Nealsville, N. C. 

ASSOGIATIONAL W. M. U. 
Mrs. J. H. Hill Spindale, N. C. 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

Z. Miller Freeman Rutherfordton, N. C, Rt. 2 

ASSOCIATIONAL B. T. U. DIRECTOR 

Rev. W. C. Lynch Rutherfordton, N. C, Rt. 3 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

The Officers and W. E. Sweatt, E. P. White, Robert Early and 
R. L. Crawford 

COMMITTEES 

Finance 

Guilford Nanney, T. T. Frady, Frank Jackson, Charles Justice and 

A. P. Sorrels 

Nominations 

J. Boyce Brooks, J. A. Vess and J. H. Gibbs 

Thanksgiving 

C. W. Keeter, E. H. Harris, R. L. Crawford, Mrs. Carrie Bell and 
Mrs. J. W. Whitesides 

Place and Preacher 

C. N. Royal, W. E. Sweatt and J. C. McDaniel 

Resolutions 

Harry Bean, Miller Freeman and A. J. Wilkerson 

Credentials 

Robert Early, Len E. Davis and V. B. Freeman 



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Place and Preacher 

C. N. Royal, W. E, Sweatt and J. C. McDaniel 

Missions 
Rev. C. N. Royal, Rev. Harry Bean, Rev. Len E. Davis, Mrs. J. H. Hill and 

Mrs. W. C. Lynch 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON, 1943 
Rev. Len E. Davis, Union Mills, N. C; Alternate, Rev. Harry Bean, 

Columbus 

Place 

Chimney Rock First Day, September 30, 1943 
Mt. Vernon Second Day October 1, 1943 

R. E. PRICE, Moderator 
C. W. KEETER, Clerk 

MESSENGERS 

Beulah— D. T. Helton, W. C. Panther, Grant Mills. 

Bills Creek — J. C. McDaniel, Flynn Searcy, G. W. Searcy. 

Big Level — J. G. Green and wife, Pearl Skipper and wife. 

Cane Creek — J. A. Vess, Willard Searcy. 

Calvary — G. A. Callahan, Furman Hodge. 

Camp Creek — R. W. Buckner, Zeno Cowan, Zolan Clements, Ruby Cowan. 

Columbus — John Williams, Valah McMurry, L. H. Cloud, John Gibson, 
Bryan Rector. 

Cooper's Gap — Pauline Ruff, C. H. Whitsides, Sidney McGinnis. 

Green Hill — J. A. Rucker, W. A. Rucker, M. H. Morgan. 

Hickory Grove — J. B. Barnett, L. C. Davis, J. L. Stott. 

Mill Spring — J. H. Gibbs, Frank Jackson, "Pauline Bell. 

Midway — James L. Smith, Roy Jones, Bob Owens, Rev. Ross. 

Montford Cove — J. H. Harris, W. L. Haynes, A. J. Wilkerson, J. H. Hemp- 
hill. 

Morgan Chapel— R. F. Howard, E. P. Wilson, F. C. Jackson, Will White- 
sides, Cline Metcalf. 

Mountain View — W. W. Burgess, Hobart Jackson. 

Mountain Creek — A. F. Geer, Chas. G. Justice, Clyde C. Sorrels. 

Mt. Vernon — G. E. Morgan, Z. Miller Freeman, Manley Logan, Jim Bell 
Freeman, D. S. Carpenter. 

Oak Springs — Gonnie Brisco, George Geer, J. L. Long. 

Piedmont — G. Fred Hill, J. B. Flynn, John Owens. 

Pea Ridge — 

Piney Knob — J. R. Atchley, W. J. Hardin, Evelyn Koon. 

Pleasant Grove — D. S. Turner, Oliva Tony, Horace White, Laxton Lynch. 

Pleasant Grove (P) — Clarence Bailey, James Hodge, Fletcher McFalls. 

Pleasant Hill — E. H. Harris, Chas. O. Taylor, Tom Hill, Mrs. Chas. Taylor. 

Rock Springs — O. D. Early, M. H. Whiteside, J. W. Lattimore. 

Round Hill— H. N. Lance, V. T. Cooper, A. L. Reel, C. F. Keeter, Fred 
Nanney. 

Rutherfordton, First — J. L. Taylor, R. R. Flack, J. J. Tarlton, Glenn Smaw- 
ley, Mrs. J. J. Tarlton. 

Spindale, First — C. H. Wilson, P. D. Nanney, D. M. Sinclair, J. H. Hill. 

Silver Creek — Harley Arledge, Reece Arledge, J. A. Sain. 

West Point — Tom Camp and H. L. Holand. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



PROCEEDINGS 

Bills Creek Baptist Church, Rutherford County 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1942 

10:00 A. M.— The 102nd session of the Green River Baptist 
Association was called to order by R. E. Price, Moderator. 
Hymns, "My Faith Looks Up To Thee," and "Come Thou Fount 
of EVery Blessing," were sung, led by C. W. Keeter with Mrs. W. 
W. Nanney at the piano. 

The devotional was led by Rev. J. T. Ruppe using scripture 
Psalms 116. On motion the program was adopted with some 
slight changes as printed. 

The roll was called and all but two churches answered pres- 
ent and all churches were represented by letter. 

Report on Orphanage was read by W. E. Sweatt, of the Al- 
exander Home who spoke briefly of the work in the Alexander 
Home which has furnished 152 young men for the Ul S. Army, 
two of whom have already paid the supreme sacrifice with their 
lives,nanely Ralph Crocker and Eugene Conrad. 

Dr. I. Greer, Superintendent of the Baptist Orphanage at 
Thomasville was present also and spoke in the interest of the 
Orphanage. God said let us make man in his own image, he 
feels that we are all called to help in this job of making men in his 
image by helping to raise and educate boys and girls, influencing 
them to become Christian men and women, the Mills Home has 
furnished 108 young men for the U. S. Army and not one has 
been found physically unfit while about 43 per cent of those out- 
side have been found to be deficient in health. Two young men 
from the Baptist Orphanage have also paid the supreme sacri- 
fice with their lives. Edgar Greene went down with his ship, the 
Jacob Jones, to a watery grave and James Boycl Norville is re- 
ported missing in the Phillipines. 

Report on Religious Literature was read by R. G. Melton, 
Who yielded his time to J. J. Tarlton who spoke, urging that we 
all encourage the use of good wholesome literature, use our Bap- 
tist papers, Biblical Recorder and others. Hymn, "More Love 
to Thee" was sung, led by Z. Miller Freeman. Rev. J. Boyce 
Brooks was then presented. He used scripture Numbers 11-23: 
And the Lord said Moses is the Lord's hand waxed short? thou 
shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or 
not. He gave us a great spiritual message. Committees ap- 
pointed. 

Visitors were recognized: Rev. D. C. Wesson, pastor of the 
Southern Baptist Church, of the Sandy Run Association; Mr. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



and Mrs. G. A. Condrey of the Blue Ridge Association of McDow- 
ell county; C. C. Parker, pastor of Bills Creek; Z. Miller Freeman 
and Harry Bean, new pastors also in the Green River Associa- 
tion. An application from Midway Baptist church of Polk coun- 
ty was presented for membership in the Green River Association, 
A committee on credentials was appointed to examine and make 
report when ready on the application. This committee was com- 
posed of the following Brethren, Robert Early, chairman; Len E. 
Davis, Z. V. Freeman. We were then dismissed with prayer by 
Len EL Davis. Dinner. 

Afternoon 

Hymn, "Happy Over There," was sung, led by A. L. Haynes 
with Mrs. W. W. Nanney at the piano. The devotional was led 
by Rev. L. R. Crawford, scripture Luke 1-5. Rev. D. C. Wesson 
led the prayer. 

The Committee on Credentials being, ready, made their re- 
port on their findings in regard to the application of the Midway 
church. They heartily recommended that the application be ac- 
cepted and the report was adopted and the Midway church is now 
a member of the Green River Association. 

Report on Sunday Schools was read by J. H. Gibbs, who 
spoke briefly on the work and urged cooperation by the pastors, 
superintendents, deacons and all members in the Sunday School 
work. Rev. D. C. Wesson also spoke on the work, bringing us 
some fine advice from experienced and observation in the work. 
Adopted. Prayer led by R. G. Melton. 

Report on Cooperative Program. State Missions, Z. Miller 
Freeman ; Home Missions, C. B. Vause. This report was read by 
C. W. Keeter in the absence of Bro. Vause. Foreign Missions, 
by C. N. Royal. Rev. A. P. Sorrels was recognized, who spoke 
briefly on State Missions tracing the work for fifty years, show- 
ing the progress of the work and urging the continuance of same. 

Walter N. Johnson, representing our State Baptist Conven- 
tion was recognized, who brought us a most wonderful message 
on the work as a whole. Dismissed with prayer by E. P. White. 
To meet with Oak Springs Church, Friday, October 2, 1942, sec- 
ond day of our association. 

With Oak Springs Baptist Church 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1942 

10:00 A. M.— The second day of the 1942, 102nd session of 
the Green River Association was called to order by R. E. Price, 
Moderator. Hymn, "My Jesus I Love Thee" and "Higher 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Ground" were used, led by Z. Miller Freeman with Mrs. W. W. 
Nanney at the piano. 

Devotional was led by Rev. Robert Barley, using scripture 
Mathew 3: Prepare ye the way. Rev. Settlemire led the prayer. 
The Moderator recognized Rev. E. B. Jenkins of Abilene, Texas,, 
formerly pastor of the Rutherfordton First Church for twelve 
years, and he was asked to say something for us. He spoke of 
the world conditions and the need for a revival as the greatest 
need and that his opinion was that only after a returning to God 
and revival would we win the present world war. 

The minutes of the previous day were read and approved. 

Report on Christian Education, by Rev. Len E. Davis and he 
yielded his time to Rev. J. R, Cantrell from Boiling Springs Col- 
lege who spoke to us in the interest of Christian Education. 
Adopted. 

Report on the Baptist Hospital was read by Rev. Harry F. 
Bean, who spoke briefly from liis experience while in the hos- 
pital, of the efficiency and of the kindness to all and the spiritual 
atmosphere in the entire institution. Rev. C. El Parker, pastor 
of the Baptist Hospital brought us a splendid message. Scrip- 
ture used, James 5-13 through 16. Adopted. Hymn, "Jesus 
Saves," was sung. 

Temperance Report was called for, but in the absence of a 
written report, Dr. M. A. Adams brought us a wonderful mes- 
sage, calling our attention to the deplorable conditions in our 
country, also in our military camps on account of the liquor 
traffic. An offering was taken to aid financially in the dry cause 
and the amount raised was $16.53, turned over to Dr. Adams. 

Dismissed with prayer by Rev. E. B. Jenkins. Dinner. 

Afternoon Session 

Hymns, "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" and "Leaning 
on Jesus" were sung. Rev. C. C. Matheny led the devotional. 
Scripture, Phillippians 3-7 was selected for the occasion. 

Report on B. T. U. by Rev. W. C. Lynch. Spoken on by W. 
C. Lynch, C. N. Royal and Z. Miller Freeman. Adopted. 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. J. H. Hill, and spoken on by Z. 
Miller Freeman. Adopted. 

G. F. Settlemire now pastor at Oak Springs, 'was recognized 
and welcomed to our Association. 

The Treasurer reported $11.00 in the treasury held for Train- 
ing Union work was directed to disburse the amount one-third 
each to the W. M. U., B. T. U. and the Sunday School Associa- 
tional work. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



The next meeting of the Green River Sunday School Assoc- 
iational organization will meet in the First Baptist Church at 
Rutherfordton, first Sunday in December at 2:30 P. M. 

Reports of Committees: Finance, Place and Preacher, 
Nominations, Thanksgiving, Resolutions and Credentials. Ad- 
opted. 

On motion the Association voted a unanimous vote of thanks 
for the services rendered by the officials of the Association for 
the past thirteen years. 

Information 

The Association has met at the following places since 1929: 
Mt. Vernon 1929, Bills Creek 1930, Piney Knob 1931, Columbus 
1932, Mountain Creek 1933, Pleasant Hill 1934, Oak Springs 
1935, Cooper's Gap 1936, Monford Cove 1937, Round Hill 1938, 
Piedmont 1939, Rutherfordton 1940, Hickory Grove and Calvary 
1941, Bills Creek and Oak Springs 1942. 

It seems that our Association gets better and better every 
year, and hence we continue dividing the annual association be- 
tween two churches each year. Next year we meet with Chim- 
ney Rock church Thursday before the first Sunday in October 
and with Mt. Vernon on Friday, 1943. Dismissed with prayer by 
Rev. J. Boyce Brooks. 

To meet with Chimney Rock Church, September 30, 1943; 
to meet with Mt. Vernon church, October 1, 1943. 

R. E. PRICEi, Moderator 
C. W. KEEJTER, Clerk. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON BAPTIST ORPHANAGE 

The North Carolina Baptist Orphanage came into existence in the year 
1885, and during these years of operation many thousands of helpless chil- 
dren have been cared for in the institution. 

The year 1942 has been a year of increased work and increased re- 
sponsibility. There have been approximately 700 children cared for in the 
institution during the year, and there are now 614 children receiving daily 
care in the institution. 

The orphanage, as well as other institutions and other businesses, has 
felt the sting of the war. It is true that the contributions to our Baptist 
Orphanage have increased to some degree over the contributions of last 
year. But, as the contributions have increased, the cost of food and cloth- 
ing and other materials necessary to operate the institution have increased 
more. The war has had its effects on the orphanage in another respect; in 
that some of the Staff Members have been called into service of various 
types, and the institution has been robbed of some of its best help. Hence, 
with the increased cost to the orphanage to maintain the children there, it 
will be necessary for our churches to increase their gifts to the orphanage. 

W. E. SWEATT, 
Supt. Alexander Schools, Inc. 



REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

The American people are a reading people. Why not give them the 
best literature that can be found? 

The Bible is the best of all, but there is many books and magazines to 
be secured from our denominational press, such as the Biblical Recorder, 
Charity and children, The Commission, and various other periodicals by our 
denomination. 

May we faithfully discharge our duty in providing religious literature 
based upon the inspired word of God, for our people, especially for our 
young people. One has said, as we read, so we think, as we think, so we 
act. Our Baptist book store carries the best line of books, call on them, 
when you want the best. 

With the continued progress in education and the extensive use of the 
secular press it becomes more necessary that the churches and Christians 
give religious literature a prominent place in our homes and lives, while our 
people are reading. Why don't we place more emphasis on religious litera- 
ture? The word of the Lord should be first in the list of religious litera- 
ture, as Dr. Hamilton has said, the Bible needs no defense; just turn it loose, 
and like a roaring lion, it will take care of itself. 

To help combat the flood of filthy literature that is on the average 
newsstand, let us give ourselves to fuller support of or to the denomina- 
tional press. 

One has said, that: 

A non-reading Baptist is a non-informed Baptist; 

A non- informed Baptist is a non-interested Baptist; 

A non-interested Baptist is a non-cooperating Baptist; 

A non-cooperating Baptist is just not much of a Baptist. 

Surely we, the member of this great association will want to give our 
hearty support to worthwhile literature. 

R. G. MELTON. 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION" 



A Record of Faithfulness 




REV. A. F. SORRELS, Gilkey, N. C., was born in Rutherford county- 
November 20th, 1863. Was born of the Spirit August, 1876 at Mountain 
Creek Church, was baptized by Rev. C. B. Justice. 

Transferred church membership to Round Hill church in 1877, began 
teaching in Sunday School in 1880. Moved to McDowell county in 1889, 
tiansf erring membership to Harmony Grove church and was Sunday School 
Superintendent for two years. 

Married Miss Ada Jimerson in 1890, then moved back to Round Hill 
in 1896. Was ordained to preach by Round Hill church in 1901. 

Was employed by the State Mission Board to work in McDowell county 
succeeding Rev. J. C. Sorrels who died in 1900. While there he began the 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



educational thread in Mission work, and moved back to Harmony Grove 
church in 1909 and concentrated his Mission work at Nebo and Clinchfield 
and organized Baptist churches at both places. Served various churches 
as pastor until 1922. 

Since 1922 has been active in Sunday Schools at various places, serv- 
ed for many years as Clerk of the Green River Association and two years 
as Moderator. Always urged repentance, faith, regeneration, transforma- 
tion, education, etc. 

Ae the present time his membership is with the Rutherfordton First 
and he now lives with his son, Clyde C. Sorrels at Gilkey, who is caring for 
him in his declining years. 

He has attended the Green River Baptist Association for sixty-three 
consecutive years, except only one time when he was appointed to repre- 
sent the Association at the Baptist Hospital at Winston-Salem at a meet- 
ing which came on the same days when the association was meeting. 

This pags is personal and is paid for personally, however, we believe 
there will be found in the above record much inspiration for all the church- 
es of the Green River Baptist Association in which he has served so faith- 
fully for these many years. 

C. W. KEETER, Clerk 



REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

The teaching force of the church has been eminent since the command 
was given by Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, and still ranks as one of 
the most potential parts of the church's ministry. The demand for Sun- 
day school training has increased because of the apparent waning of train- 
ing in the home. 

As regards the work in the Sunday School Associational Organization, 
we wish to call attention to the following facts: 

Because of tire and gasoline shortage, we were forced to forego two 
monthly meetings, and substitute a quarterly meeting. By vote of the or- 
ganization at last meeting, we will have only quarterly meetings for the 
duration. 

We are pleased to report a delegation of fifteen at the State Sunday 
School Convention in Durham, despite the handicap of tire and gasoline 
rationing. 

Ten churches of our Association participated in the Enlargement Cam- 
paign, which was ably led by Secretary L. L. Morgan of the State Conven- 
tion, and his co-workers. Much good was accomplished by this effort. 

Progress has been made in the field of Training Courses and Vacation 
Bible Schools. A fine Bible School Clinic was conducted by Mrs. Ford A. 
Burns in three churches. 

Two of our greatest needs seem to be more zealous interest in Evange- 
lism, and better physical equipment in the rural churches. We suggest 
that a better trained and more consecrated leadership would go far toward 
meeting both of these needs. 

J. H. GIBBS 



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REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

One of the cardinal principles which Jesus emphasized in His preach- 
ing, teaching-, and healing ministries was the worth of a human individual. 
"What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his life (or 
soul) ?" asked Jesus. He left no endowed university to carry on His teach- 
ing; He established no foundation to perpetuate His ideas; He established 
no publishing agency to issue propaganda for Him. He had faith in the 
worth of mankind, that man would do this for Him. 

Our country is now engaged in a war, which, in its final analysis, is to 
decide whether these principles of Jesus, based on the worth and dignity of 
the individual shall survive; or whether the individual shall be crushed 
under the heel of dictators, moved here and there and used as pawns — just 
as a checker player moves his checkers — to play the game for his own 
advantage. 

Our nation will soon have seven million of her choice speciments of 
physical manhood placed in strategic points all over the world. Many of 
them will be in lands that are not Christian. Mohammedanism, Hinduism, 
Shintoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and others of the competing world 
religions dominate the scene where our men go. It is extremely essential 
that these men be not only good physical specimens of manhood; but excel- 
lent examples of spiritual Christianity as well. 

This responsibility of seeing that everything that can be done to help 
them to become spiritual specimens of Christian manhood rests upon OUR 
shoulders. If we fail in supporting our Home Mission Board in its pro- 
gram for our armed forces, we shall fail miserably in one of our greatest 
missionary opportunities. Let us support this enterprise in every way 
possible! 

When this war is over we will emerge from it with the problem of 
making the peace — a peace that should be a lasting peace. This cannot be 
accomplished if America is motivated by anything but Christian principles. 
Our homeland must be Christian from the man in the White House to the 
man in the election booth, if we are to have a peace that is worthy of the 
name. The responsibility of making the homeland thoroughly Christian is, 
therefore, very important. 

Not only this, but when we emerge from this war a great part of the 
world will be looking to us for guidance and protection. India will not 
look to Britain, but to the "Utnited States for guidance, freedom, and pro- 
tection. China will look to us for leadership, example, and guidance as well 
as protection. Australia and Canada will look to us for succor, guidance 
and protection in the days that are ahead, just as they are looking to us 
now. This position is a sacred trust. We should not disappoint nor foil 
the way of life for a needy mankind, nor should we fail our Heavenly Father 
who has led us into this great and responsible position. 

These thoughts should send us to our knees in prayer; to our Bibles in 
study; to our churches in worship; and to our pocketbooks to help send the 
WORD — the worth of a human soul — where we cannot personally carry the 
message. 

CHARLES B. VAITSE 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

A vigorous program of Missions is being carried on in our State. 
There are many calls made upon our State Mission Board for help, both for 
Missionary Pastorial Assistance and Church Building Aid. In the 1941 
North Carolina Baptist Annual it was reported that eighty pastors received 



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part of their salary from this Board, and that sixteen churches in as many 
different Associations received $9,858.18 from October 1, 1940 through 
September 30, 1941. 

With so many of our young men being called into the service of our 
country, it has brought about a pressing need within our State. Our Mis- 
sion Board has been alert to this added call; as a result much has been done 
to bring about a wholesome spiritual atmosphere within the various camps. 

Our General Secretary, M. A. Huggins, has been leading North Caro- 
lina Baptists in a noble program of work, in keeping with the teachings of 
Christ. Therefore, may every church use this effective channel to further 
spread His kingdom throughout our fair State. 

Z. MILLER FREEMAN 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

And Jesus said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; 
but he that believeth not shall be damned." This word, "Go," is the short- 
est and yet one of the longest words in the vocabulary. It begins at home 
but it does not stop at home. It has as its prime objective the salvtaion 
of a lost world. 

Many of our mission fields have been closed because of the war. But 
some of the fields are white unto the harvest. Southern Baptists have the 
largest number of missionaries under appointment they have ever had in 
Africa, a -total of sixty. It warms our hearts to know that both pagans 
and Mohammedans are finding and following the conquering Christ in the 
land of desperate darkness. We can still help support the native workers 
in Europe and Near East as they carry on for Christ. In the Orient, many 
of our missionaries have been suffering in prisons. On May 13th of this 
year Mr. Cordell Hull sent a telegram to Mrs. Maxfield Garrett in which 
there was the following message: "Maxfield Carrott is still very busy, is 
happy and sends love." But we know that Maxfield Garrott is a prisoner 
of war in Tokyo. Dr. M. T. Rankin sent from prison in Hong Kong through 
Dr. R. E. Boddoo a word in which he urged Southern Baptists to go for- 
. ward to grasp their unprecedented opportunities in Free China. 

What can we do for Foreign Missions today? (1) We can pay the 
debt on the Foreign Mission Board. (2) We can do all the missionary work 
possible at home and abroad. (3) We can get ready for the many open 
doors when this war shall be over. We can give our sons and daughters to 
bear the message glorious and our wealth to speed them on their way. 

C. N. ROYAL 

REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

This is a trying day in every phase of human thought and life. It is a 
severe testing time for all of the institutions that have been dear through- 
out the years. The Christian church is being tested; Christian institutions 
are being scrutinized as never before; Christian educational institutions 
especially are being subjected to examination and fresh appraisal. 

No single definition of education is universally satisfactory. One school 
of thought will emphasize education as a preparation for life in skills ; 
another in knowledge and attitudes. As Christians we must emphasize our 
conviction that education must take into consideration not only a prepara- 
tion for life in skills and knowledge and attitudes but also the experience 
of a growing realization of our innate powers. Christian education has for 
its goal the self-realization of the individual. No man is educated who 
does not have a conviction of the stewardship of his life unto God. 



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In all our thought concerning modern education with its emphasis upon 
methods and materials, we must remember that Christian education begins 
in the home as the child grows into a consciousness of the world about him. 
The potent force of home training must be regarded as the base from which 
the individual advances. If the home is not Christian, the line of advance- 
ment is definitely retarded. Christian education should begin in the home. 

Neither must we forget that our churches are strong forces in Chris- 
tian education. Too often we have spoken of Christian education as con- 
fined to our schools and colleges. The local church must not forget her 
mission of education. There is the tremendous responsibility upon the 
church to make her life such as to educate inthe whole program of living. 
The church and not the college is able to continue the program of education 
for the entire life of the pulpit. From the Cradle Roll to the age of senes- 
cence the church has the responsibility of training in the knowledge of God 
and our relationship to man. This is fundamental in Christian education. 

In spite of the war effort and the war itself which has drained so many 
of our very finest into the services of our country, there is still a keen in- 
terest in education — higher education. We must hold to our Christian col- 
leges as spiritual lighthouses in higher education. They are particularly 
and tremendously important in this materialistic age. When J. B. Duke 
was bequeathing his millions, he said, "I recognized that education, when 
conducted along sane lines, is next to religion the greatest civilizing in- 
fluence." Education apart from religion makes for pananism. Religion 
apart from education makes for fanaticism. Religion and education must 
be united. 

We believe in Christian Education. It has not answered all of our pro- 
blems but Christian Education has contributed incalculably to the progress 
of the nation, and the kingdom. Our schools deserve our support. They 
are the standard bearers of the intelligent Christianity that will be the 
torch-light for the next generation as it rebuilds after the debacle of the 
moment. 

LEN E. DAVIS 

REPORT ON THE BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

Surely the heart of every Baptist in North Carolina should swell with 
pardonable pride when we think or speak of OUR hospital, located in the 
metropolis of Winston-Salem, for it is indeed an asset to our denomination. 

"Expansion for service" has been the watchword of the hospital over 
the period of the last three years. In that time bed capacity has been in- 
creased from about 4,000 patients annually to almost 10,000. Only about 
650 patients per month are being cared for just now, for a few rooms have 
not been opened on account of a war-created shortage of nurses. 

In addition to the twenty-six resident internes and about one hundred 
doctors practicing in the hospital, the free service of the entire staff of the 
Bowman-Grey School of Medicine is now available whenever desired for 
consultation and diagnosis. 

Modern equipment has been installed in both the new sections of the 
hospital and the renovated older ones. The recent addition of some $44000 
worth of new X-ray equipment brought this department to a standard un- 
excelled anywhere in the South. $20,000 worth of new instruments have 
also been added to the operating rooms. 

Floor space of the hospital and medical school combined is about four 
acres. This represents a value to the denomination of some $2,000,000, and 
the indebtedness is very small. 

The avowed purpose of the hospital is- — and has always been — "to give 






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hospital treatment to those who are unable to pay for same, educate nurses 
with Christian ideals, and at the same time maintain a standard of scien- 
tific efficiency 'second to none in the country'; the abiding purpose of the 
management is that it shall be definitely a Christian institution with all 
that this term implies." 

It is expected that this year not less than 2,500 "free" patients will be 
served — which number will include some ministers, and many unable to pay 
for hospital treatment. This will represent, including hospital and medical 
service, about $250,000 in free service for this year. 

This greatly expanded service naturally requires an increased support. 
This, we are glad to report, is growing year by year. In addition to the 
Mother's Day Offering by the churches and Sunday Schools — which has in- 
creased in the last few years from $11,500 to about $38,000 this year — the 
hospital linens contributed by the W. M. U'.'s and other church agencies also 
help a great deal — and these contributions are also on the increase year 
by year. 

HARRY F. BEAN 

W. M. U. REPORT 

As we think this year of our watchword, "Send out thy light and thy 
truth," Psalm 43:3, let us not be discouraged at the seeming darkness that 
permeates the world. It has been said that hewn you cannot see light and 
gladness anywhere, it is because it is going to be multiplied; it is taken 
away for a little while that it may come back in waving fields of golden 
blessings. , 

We are happy to note a few epidences of growth in the work of Greenv 
River Association. Each of our 13 societies have had its individual prob- 
lems, its goals, and achievements, but we are grateful that the majority 
have made progress. The missionary leaven has been working in the minds 
and hearts of our women and young people. Five new young peoples soc- 
ieties have been reported this year, and one W. M. S. that had been inactive 
for some time has now become active and is doing good work. 

We have made considerable gains along all lines of our missionary acti- 
vities. Mission study is the heart of all our work, and several societies 
have shown great improvement in this important activity. When we find 
a society interested in Mission study, we can be assured of the strength of 
that society. They are active and up-to-date in all missionary work. Miss 
Ulna Roberts Lawrence reminds us of Paul's advice to Timothy, "Be dili- 
gent in reading, in exortation and teaching, grow; he who stops learning, 
stops growing." 

Last March there was held in our Association a school of missions. 
Five of our fine missionaries visited in many of our churches, giving infor- 
mation and inspiration. This was a new feature in our W. M. U. work 
which we feel will be far-reaching and also greatly strengthen our mission 
work. We sincerely hope that our Association will see fit to make this a 
yearly event. I really believe such information coming directly from our 
missionaries is bound to bear fruit in the years ahead. 

We have made a slight gain in our number of tithers, and there has 
been a market increase in all gifts. We hope our Stewardship Chairmen 
will realize the importance of this responsibility. Mrs. Carter Wright, our 
Southwide Stewardship Chairman, asks the question, "Has our zeal as tith- 
ers stimulated very many others to become tithers?" Further, she con- 
tinues, "Are the issues involved in the question of tithes and offerings suffi- 
ciently important to elicit our enthusiastic devotion?" She answers, "Yes, 
verily, because God means what he says in his word." May we as tithers 
and Stewardship Chirmen take God's word in our hand as authority and 



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prove to non-tithers that God instituted the tithe in the beginning and our 
Savior put His stamp of approval upon it. It is God's plan, and only plan 
of contributing to his Kingdom. 

The love of Christ has been the motive that promoted many of our 
women to do kindly deeds, speak words of comfort and cheer, and also hold 
services in his name. Personal service opportunities were sought by Jesus. 
He often made a survey of the needs about him, and directed himself and 
others to meet those needs. He saw God in every soul and in the needs of 
humanity. He had no thought of racial prejudice, yet today we see it on 
every hand. But we, as Christians, know that the difference in people is 
Christ in the heart. If Jesus were here today, he would be going about 
doing good. Would he meet you and me ? 

Our annual meeting was held with the Mountain Creek church, with 
eight societies represented. We feel our attendance was below the average, 
due to lack of transportation. However, we had a splendid meeting, hav- 
ing with us Miss Ruby Daniel and our young people's leader, Miss Mary 
Currin. Miss Daniel is a returned missionary from Hungary, and brought 
us a stirring message about the affairs of this country. We will meet next 
year with Calvary church in May. Let us begin praying now that we will 
have fine attendance and a great meeting. 

Mrs. W. C. Lynch was elected Associational Young Peoples Leader, 
and we feel that the work of our young people is going to be. much improv- 
ed under her efficient leadership. We rejoice at the reports of some of our 
young people as they tell us about their visit this summer to Ridgecrest, 
and of th inspiration and knowledge gained as they listened to Miss Mal- 
lory, Miss Currin, and many others. We thank God for our Baptist As- 
sembly at Ridgecrest, and sincerely hope that all our churches will make 
it possible for more of our boys and girls to attend our camp. 

We have made considerable gains this year in gifts. Chimney Rock, 
Mountain Creek, Mount Vernon, Round Hill, Rutherfordton and Spindale 
went beyond their financial goal. Spindale led in gifts this year to all 
causes, a total of $925.35, which is a gain over last year of $608.25. This 
is the first year that this church has led in gifts. Rutherfordton has here- 
tofore had this honor, but we feel sure she will not covet them this gain 
this one time. We attribute this gain largely to the cooperation of our 
good pastor. However, we are proud of our efficient leaders, but even so, 
good leaders need the prayers and commendation of their pastor to really 
succeed. We have other fine pastors in our Association who are lending a 
hand to the women's work, and they can always rest assured that their aid 
is appreciated. 

The Hundred Thousand Club has been our "Special" this year, and the 
gifts in some of our societies have doubled that of last year. Round Hill 
has much more than doubled her apportionment. We gave to the Hundred 
Thousand Club $220.75, a gain of $159,12. 

We also gave to the Cooperative Program $1,359.62, a gain of $340.80. 
Total gifts were $4,195.52, a gain of $2,241.20. Of this amount the Young 
People gave $189.96. 

In the new year we shall face a challenge to carry on our program of 
mission work. Each one in our churches will need to help meet this chal- 
lenge with faith, courage, and a spirit of sacrifice. God's love and care for 
his own will not change; His promises and plans for the ages to save a lost 



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world will not change. We are His witnesses. He is saying-, "Go ye into 
all the world" with the message of salvation. May we not fail Him. These 
are trying times, it's true, but they are also opportune times and testing 
times. May our prayer this year be with the Psalmist, "O, Send out thy 
light and thy truth." 

Letters written 89, cards written 33, miles traveled 30. 

MRS. J. H. HILL, Superintendent W. M. U, 

MRS. P. C. ROLLINS, Associate 

MRS. W. C. LYNCH, Young People's Leader 

REPORT ON B. T. TJ. 

The Baptist Training Union is an organization set up for the training 
of Baptist church members. We are living in an age of specialized train- 
ing. The men who are enlisted in the armed forces are trained for a speci- 
fic task. All businesses and professions are calling for trained men and 
women. It is important that these people be trained so that they can 
render efficient service, but it is no less important that the members of the 
forces for righteousness be trained for their work. They are dealing with 
the souls of men, therefore it is important that they be trained so they can 
render efficient service. 

This training service has been set up in five of the churches in the 
Green River Association, which is only a beginning. Among this number 
are Round Hill, Mt. Vernon, Spindale First, Rutherfordton First, and Colum- 
bus. Columbus has organized during the year, and improvement in the 
work done- in the other churches has been noted. The goal set by the As- 
sociational B. T. U. is an organization in each church in the Association 
and the cooperation of all pastors and church leaders in this worthy goal 
is earnestly sought. 

W. C. LYNCH 

HISTORIAN'S REPORT 

Elder William Harrill 

One of the early pastors of the Green River Association was William 
Harrill. He was an unassummg man, very unpretentious in his habits, and 
dressed plainly. He was a little below the medium height and rather stoop- 
ed; weighed about 160 pounds. He was blind in one eye, which seemingly 
gave peculiar luster to the other. 

Elder William Harrill was born on Beaver Dam Creek, then Rutherford 
but now Cleveland county, October 1, 1804. His education was limited to 
the common schools. 

February 17, 1824, when he was a little over 19 years of age, he was 
married to Miss Elizabeth Bennick, by whom he reared nine children to 
manhood and womanhood. One of his sons, H. D. Harrill, entered the Gos- 
pel Ministry. He served many churches in the Green River Association. 
He served the Round Hill Church so long that somebody made the following 
statement, "Four things will always be in Round Hill: Taxes, blackberries, 
John Nanney to teache school and H. D. Harrill to preach." One other son, 
Martin J. Harrill, was for many years clerk of the Cool Springs Church, 
and for several years Coroner of Rutherford county. 

Elder William Harrill joined the church at Concord in 1839 where he 
was licensed to preach the next year. He was ordained to the full Gospel 
Mmistry January 11, 1845, by a presbytery consisting of Elder James H. 
Webb and Alanson Padgett, assisted by fourteen deacons. His church 
membership was transferred to Cool Springs Baptist Church" of which he 



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became pastor in 1849, where his membership remained up to his death in 
1886. Cool Springs Church is now known as The First Baptist Church of 
Forest City. 

Having united with the Cool Springs Church and becoming the pastor, 
he was permanently associated with the Green River Association. He held 
no official position in this body but served on many important committees 
and often appointed as a messenger to other associations. Of her churches 
he served as pastor: Cool Springs, Ebenezer, Sulphur Springs, Green's 
Creek, Shiloh, Pleasant Hill, Mount Pleasant, Bill's Creek, Rock Spring, 
Cane Creek, and Mountain Creek. This was before the Sandy Run was or- 
ganized. Many of these churches which now belong to the Sandy Run be- 
longed to the Green River in his day. He ranked as the busiest and one of 
the most successful pastors in the association. He was strong in evange- 
lism. He baptized 1,600 souls into the fellowship of the churches of the 
Green River Association. He reported more baptisms than any pastor in 
the association. Elder W. H. Logan followed with a close second. In the 
Kings Mountain Association he served Sandy Springs, Boiling Springs, 
Bethel and others. He is supposed to have baptized two or three hundred 
in this association. 

Mount Pleasant was the last church he ever served. On account of 
declining health he gave up his work in 1875. But he immediately became 
Superintendent of the Sunday School at Cool Springs, his home church, 
which position he held as long as he lived. He served in this capacity on 
Sunday before his death the following Saturday. 

During his last illness he was not confined to his bed a single day; but 
though able to walk about the house, he had a premonition that his end was 
near. On Thursday before his death on Saturday, he sent for his son, Elder 
H. D. Harrill, and told him that the time for his departure had come. He 
said, "Before you get back from your church on Sunday, I will not be alive." 
He gave directions concerning his funeral, selected the hymns to be used, 
"Amazing Grace" and others and named Elder C. B. Justice to conduct the 
services. He also requested that there be placed at the head of his grave a 
plain slab, giving date of birth and death, and bearing the simple inscrip- 
tion, "Sinner Saved by Grace." On the return of Elder H. D. Harrill from 
Pleasant Hill Sunday his father was no more. He had quietly passed over 
the river the evening before, Saturday, March 14, 1886, at the age of 81 
years, 6 months and 13 days. He was buried at Cool Springs Church, where 
the simple slab that marks his final resting place may be seen as a con- 
stant sentinel to the remains of one of the purest and bestmen that ever 
lived. 

J. M. BROWN 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Receipts 

For Minutes and Clerk $ 94.21 

For Cooperative Program , 55.00 

For Associational Missions 11.33 

Total $160.54 

Disbursements 

To Printing Minutes $ 50.00 

To Clerk , 25.00 

To Printing Cards 1-80 

To Printing Programs , , 3.00 

To Cooperative Program 55.00 

Total $134.80 

Balance, $25.74. 

GUILFORD NANNEY, Treasurer 



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REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE 

We, the Finance Committee report we have in hand $110.52 for Min- 
utes and Clerk services and programs and we recommend $60.00 for print- 
ing Minutes and $30.00 for Clerk services. 

Committee: 

GUILFORD NANNEY 
ALONZO P. SORRELS 
FRANK JACKSON 
T. T. FRADY 

REPORT OF TIME, PLACE, PREACHER COMMITTEE 

Time: September 30th, and October 1, 1943. 

Place: Chimney Rock first day; Mt. Vernon second day. 

Preacher: Rev. Len E. Davis. 

Alternate: Rev. Harry Bean. 

Committee: 

C. N. ROYAL 
W.E. SWEATT 
J. C. McDANIEL 

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

R. E. Price, Moderator; J. H. Gibbs, Vice-Moderator; C. W. Keeter, 
Clerk; Guilford Nanney, Treasurer; J. M. Brown, Historian; Mrs. J. H. Hill, 
W. M. U. Superintendent; Z. Miller Freeman, S. S. Superintendent; Rev. W. 
C. Lynch, B. T. U. Director. 

Executive Committee: The above officers and W. E. Sweatt, E. P. 
White, Robert Early, R. L. Crawford. 

Committee: 

J. BOYCE BROOKS 
J. H. GIBBS 

J. A. VESS 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Resolved: That we, the delegates, pastors, and visitors to the Green 
River Association hereby express our heartfelt thanks and sincere grati- 
tude to both the Bills Creek and Oak Springs Churches for the fine hos- 
pitality and Christian good fellowship shown us in our meetings with them 
during this, our 102nd annual session. 

Resolved: That this Association goes on record as pledging itself to 
make every possible effort and sacrifice necessary to hasten the victorious 
conclusion of our struggle for universa 1 freedom and advancement of 
Christ's Kingdom upon earth. 

Resolved: That we, the members of this body assembled, do express 
our deep appreciation to the program committee, the participants on the 
program, and all the officers of our Association for the fine work accom- 
plished during the past year and this session. 

Committee: 

H. F. BEAN, Chairman 
Z.MILLER FREEMAN 
A.. J. WTLKERSON 



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BIG LEVEL— N. Wilson. 

CALVARY— Mrs. M. H. Brown. 

CANE CREEK — Mrs. A. G. Nix, Mrs. Ina Hunsinger. 

CHIMNEY ROCK— Mrs. Mary L. Nanney. 

COLUMBUS — Mrs. Burton Williams, John Hutcherson, Mrs. Julia 
Page. 

COOPER'S GAP — David Lawter, Mrs. Leathe Jackson, Mrs. Cree 
Nealon. 

GREEN HILL — James J. Fowler 

HICKORY GROVE — Thomas Henderson, Mrs. Omia Owens. 

MIDWAR- — Miss Alice Smith, Deacon Joseph Mayes. 

MILL SPRING— A. M. Lynch, Mrs. Celia Taylor. 

MONTFORD COVE— Mrs. Addie Burgess. 

MORGAN CHAPEL— Deacon W. S. Hall. 

MT. VERNON — Mrs. Z. B. Freeman, Mrs. Fred Arrowood. 

MOUNTAIN CREEK— Lloyd Blanton, G. M. Keeter, Jethro Mor- 
gan. 

PINEY KNOB— Mrs. W. J. Hardin, Mrs. S. M. Nix, Mrs. Olive 
Tomblin. 

ROUND HILL— Mrs. M. V. Barties, Mrs. Preston Byrd, Miss 
Martha Williams. 

RUTHERFORDTON, FIRST— J. Lee Taylor, W. W. Nanney, Mrs. 
R. P. Scruggs. 

SILVER CREEK— Rev. C. G. Walker. 

SPINDALE, FIRST— Mrs. Mary Allen, Mrs. M. L. Morgan, Mrs. 
P. O. Hardin, -. Clontz, M. V. Jackson. 

WEST POINT— Mrs. W. D. Ruppe and Henry Blanton. 

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